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FROM 1766 TO 1878, 



With Steel and Wood Engravings. 







An article was inserted in the warrant for the annual town- 
meeting in the spring of 1S70, upon the suggestion of Baron S. 
Crowell, son of Samuel Crowell, Jr., " To see what action the 
town will take in regard to a History of the town of New- 
port." The town voted to publish a history. A committee of 
nine, consisting of Edmund Wheeler, Dexter Ricliards, Ed- 
mund Burke, Amasa Etles, A. S. Wait, Levi W. Barton, Siiep- 
herd L. Bowers, William F. Newton, and Lyman J. Brooks, 
were appointed to take charge of the matter. This committee, 
shortly after, assigned the labor of preparing the work to the 
writer. The result of his efforts is now given to the public. 
How well he has performed the duties given him in charge the 
reader must judge. 

Had we been fully aware of the responsibility of the work, 
and the amount of labor involved in preparing a History, and 
especially a Genealogy, of Newport, — however much we may 
glory in the record of the town, and delight, as we do, in re- 
counting the successes of the past, and in dwelling upon the 
grand achievements of its sons and daughters, in trade, in 
finance, in literature, in law, in medicine, in divinit}', in agri- 
culture, and all the various pursuits of life, — we should have 
been slow to embark in the enterprise. We are prepared 
by our own experience to endorse the remark of the eminent 
Dr. Albert Smith, .m. d., ll. d., the author of the Histor}' of 
Peterborough, a town much like our own, when lie says, — 
"• It has proved a work of great labor. It has now, for five 
years, engaged almost my entire attention." In addition, it 
should be remembered that distinguished doctors of law and di- 
vinity assisted him nearly all the way in carrying along his load. 

The reader will perceive that we have assigned several im- 
portant subjects to some of our best writers, who have kindly 
wrought them out. This we have done for two reasons: first, 
because it would relieve us of a part of our labors, and thus 



enable us to turn our thoughts in other directions ; and, second, 
we believed a variety of styles would relieve somewhat the 
sameness, and impart an additional interest to the work. 

The steel engravings, costing in the aggregate several thou- 
sand dollars, were mainly contributed by the individuals repre- 
sented, or by those having a direct personal interest in them ; and 
to their generosity we are indebted for the additional value they 
give to the volume. A few not otherwise provided for, that 
could not well be omitted, were inserted at the expense of the 
historian. The Hon. Dexter Richards contributed the views 
of the town hall and the South church and parsonage, in addi- 
tion to his own dwelling, block, and mill, and E. L. Putney, 
Esq., that of the Newport House. 

It is with pleasure that we acknowledge our obligations for 
the encouragement and sympathy which have been extended to 
us during the entire progress of the work, and especially for 
the patience which has endured these seemingly prolonged la- 
bors. We trust that each month's delay has added materially 
to the value of the volume. 

We have endeavored faithfully to gather up all the more im- 
portant facts and events of the town, and to preserve in the 
Genealogy a brief record of all its various families. 

In laying down the pen, we can but exclaim, — Such is 
the past! During the comparatively brief period which has 
intervened since the settlement of the town, a howling wilder- 
ness has given place to cultivated fields and happy homes ; a 
beautiful village has been built up ; and the hills are echoing the 
hum of business and the noise of passing trains. And now, 
turning our thoughts forward, we ask, What shall the future be ? 
When another century shall have rolled away, and three other 
generations shall have come and gone, and another historian 
shall resume the pen, what will be his story.? Will he say the 
people of that century have been as virtuous, as frugal, as hap- 
py, and have made as grand progress in all the arts of civilized 
life, as the people of the century we have chronicled .'' Will 
the inhabitants of this town and this country then be citizens 
of a model republic, with its multiplied millions enjoying all 
the blessings of liberty and equal rights, the glory and the 
wonder of the world.'' Let the future historian repl}-. 



Chapter I. — Description 9 

Location; Boundaries; Area; Soil; Mountains; Rivers and 
Brooks; Ponds; Mineral Springs; Mines; Trees; Animals; 
Birds ; Fishes ; Villages. 

Chapter II. — Proprietary History 15 

Town Charter ; Grantees ; Proprietors ; First Meeting in New- 
port; Charter extended ; Proprietors' house ; Clerks. 

Chapter III. — Early Settlement 21 

First settlers came in 1765; Settled in 1766; Their names; 
Where settled. 

Chapter IV. — Revolution. — ^War of 1812. — Mexican War 24 

Chapter V. — Civil War 28 

Officers and soldiers in ; Money raised for, by town. 

Chapter VI. — State Militia '37 

Musters ; Training days ; Officers in. 

Chapter VII. — Medical 40 

Sketch of the physicians who have practised in the town ; Prac- 
tised elsewhere. 

Chapter VIII.— Necrological 56 

Diseases; Longevity; Deaths in town from 1824 to 1876, age 
and sex. 

Chapter IX. — Newspaper Press in Newport 60 

The New Hampshire Spectator; Argus and Spectator; Farm- 
ers'' Advocate and Political Ad7>enturerj A^orthern Farmer 
and Horticulturist; Sullivan Republican; Insurance your- 

Chapter X. — Banks 67 

Sugar River Bank ; First National Bank ; Newport Savings 



Chapter XI. — County 69 

Formation ; Court-house ; New court-house ; Jail ; Safes ; 
Clerks ; Solicitors ; Sheriff's ; Treasurers ; Commissioners ; 
Registers of Deeds ; Registers of Probate ; Jailors ; Judges 
of Probate. 

Chapter XII.— Mills 72 

Grist-mills; Saw-mills. 

Chapter XIII.— Hotels 76 

First Hotel; Early Hotels; Rising Sun; Newport Coffee 
House ; Newport House ; Eagle Hotel ; Phenix Hotel ; Sugar 
River House. 

Chapter XIV.— Traders 80 

General merchandise ; Commission dealers ; Poultry dealers ; 

Drugs ; Books ; Clothing ; Harnesses ; Boots and Shoes ; 

Stoves and Hardware; Watches and Jewelry; Milk. 
Chapter XV.— Travel 84 

Early ways ; Roads ; Turnpikes ; Bridges ; Canals ; Railroads ; 

Road steamer ; Stages ; Livery stables ; Teams ; Job Teams. 
Chapter XVI.. — Manufacturers, Woollen go 

Early Manufacturers ; Newport Mills ; Eagle Mills ; Sunapee 

Mills; Diamond Mills; Sugar River Mills; Granite State 


Chapter XVII. — Other Manufacturers and Artisans 90 

Alphabetical list of those in town ; account of. 
Chapter XVIII.— Religion 109 

■ Baptist church; Congregational church; Free Will Baptist; 
Methodist ; Universalist ; Unitarian ; Catholic ; Millerism ; 
S|)iritualist ; Advent ; Clergymen town has furnished ; Mis- 

Chapter XIX. — Literature 125 

Brief account of the labors of some of those who have contrib- 
uted to literature ; Poems. 

Chapter XX. — Libraries; Lyceum; Reading Circle; Period- 
ical Clubs 148 

Social Library ; Northville Library ; Sabbath-school libraries ; 
Circulating; Private ; Lyceum ; Reading circle ; Periodical club. 

Chapter XXI. — Free-Masonry 151 

Corinthian Lodge ; Mount Vernon ; Officers in ; Chapter of the 
Tabernacle ; Odd Fellows ; Knights of Honor. 

Chapter XXII.— Education 158 

First school ; Teachers ; Districts ; Union districts ; Board of 
Education; Academy; Principals; List of graduates. 



Chapter XXIII.— Temperance 167 

Early customs ; First society ; Total Abstinence Society ; 
Washingtonian; Sons of Temperance; Good Templars; Re- 
form Club ; Catholic Society ; Women's Union. 

Chapter XXI V.— Cemeteries 170 

Pine Street Cemetery; Pine Street New; Northville ; Maple 
Street ; Catholic ; Committee for New. 

Chapter XXV. — Maintenance of the Poor 172 

Early customs ; Town farms ; County farm. 

Chapter XXVI. — Lawyers 174 

Sketch of all those who have practised in town ; Names of a 
few natives and former residents who have practised else- 

Chapter XXVII. — Town Officers and Justices of Peace 202 

Moderators ; Town-clerks ; Representatives ; Delegates and 
other officers ; Selectmen ; Justices. 

Chapter XXVIII. — Music 213 

Vocal; Instrumental Society; Piano; Organ; Cheney Band ; 

Quadrille Band; Newport Cornet; County Society; County 

Musical Association. 
Chapter XXIX.— Weddings 218 

Four difterent styles of; Negro. 

Chapter XXX. — Amusements 221 

Dancing ; Cards ; Various others ; Mammoth Cod Association. 

Chapter XXXI. — Stories 224 

Chapter XXXII. — Casualties 230 

Chapter XXXIII. — Fires and Lightning 237 

Chapter XXXIV. — Agriculture 244 

Farmer's and Alechanic's Association ; Town fairs ; County 
Society ; Sullivan Grange ; Statistics. 

Chapter XXXV.— Sporting 248 

Fishing; Hunting; Bear stories. 

Chapter XXXVI.— Races 251 

Indians ; Irish ; French ; Negroes. 

Chapter XXXVII.— Secession 254 

Newport joins Vermont ; Returns. 

Chapter XXXVIII. — Miscellany 255 

Early Miscellany; Proprietor's house; California gold ; Lafay- 
ette, Reception of; Dress; Maps of Village; Population; 
Ta.xes ; Altitudes. 



Chapter XXXIX. — Miscellany, continued 262 

Village; Common; Side-walks; Streets; Newport as a Sum- 
mer Resort; Business buildings ; Post-office ; Telegraph ; Sig- 
nal stations ; Engine Co. ; Reservoirs ; Aqueducts ; Town clock. 

Chapter XL. — Miscellany, continued 270 

Report fixing values, 1777 ; Ten highest taxes each successive 
ten years. 

Chapter XLI . — Celebrations 275 

Historical celebration ; Centennial celebration. 




Levi W. Barton, . . 190 

George E. Belknap, . 301 

Shepherd L. Bowers, . 145 

Edmund Burke, . . . 17S 

Henry G. Carleton, . 323 

William H. Cheney, . 339 

Austin Corbin, . . . 188 

Samuel H. Edes, . . 374 

Thomas W. Gilmore, . 394 

Sarah J. Hale, . . . 124 

Ralph Metcalf, . . 134 

Aaron F. Nettleton, 478 

Dexter Richards, . . 517 

Benjamin F. Sawyer, . 527 


Baron Stow, . . . . 108 
Samuel M. Wheeler, 192 
Edmund Wheeler, . . 141 
LovELL White, . . . 576 
Jonathan M. Wilmarth, 583 
John Woods, .... 116 
Edward P. Woods, . . 589 
Town Hall (frontispiece). 
Congregation'l Church, 112 
Newport House, . . 7^ 
Elephant Rock, . . lo 
Richards Block, . . 267 
Richards Residence, . 292 
Richards Mill, ... 92 



NEWPORT is the shire town of the county of Sullivan, 
and occupies a central position. It is north of west 
from Concord, — distance, forty miles, and about ninety miles 
from Boston. It is bounded on the north by Croydon, east by 
Sunapee and Goshen, south by Goshen and Unity, and west 
by Claremont. Area, 25,267 acres. The surface is diversified 
with beautiful mountains, hills, and meadows. It has three 
different varieties of soil : — the alluvial, or that which borders 
on Sugar river, its branches and tributaries : this is easy of 
cultivation, very fertile, and divided into valuable farms; — the 
lowlands, which are dry and gravelly, and less productive ; — 
and the uplands, which are more moist and cold, but which 
have a strong soil, and yield ample returns for the labor be- 
stowed upon them. The soil of the town, taken as a whole, 
judged either by its appearance or by the record of its varied 
productions, is among the best in the state. 

Mountains. Standing in the north-east part of the town, 
between Sugar river and Reed brook, is Bald jnotintain. It 
derives its name from its rocky summit, which is destitute of 
vegetation. At the west of this, on the north line of the town, 
between Reed brook and Croydon Branch of Sugar river, is 
Colt mo7()italn. It commands a fine view of the surrounding 
country and the lovely valley below. It derives its name from 
a negro by the name of Vance Coit, who lived near its summit, 
and was the leader of a colony of blacks who once occupied 
the summit of the mountain and its eastern slope. Just south 
of Coit is a smaller elevation known as Bucll hill. The swell 
of land between Croydon Branch and Morse brook was known 
as Baptist Jilll. It was first settled by a colony of Baptists from 



Massachusetts, who had there quite a centre of trade. Blue- 
beny Ledge is a part of the Croydon Mountain range, which 
extends along the western border nearly one half across the 
town, and ends in Green mountain, in Claremont. Wilmarth 
motintain extends from the south-western corner of the town 
along the southern line ; was first settled by Mr. Nathan Wil- 
marth, and from him its name is derived. . At the east of this 
is an elevation known as Pike hill. It was first settled by 
three families by the name of Pike. This hill commands one 
of the most beautiful views in town. It has near its summit an 
immense boulder known as Elephant Rock, which is thought to 



bear a striking resemblance to an elephant at rest, and which 
is visited and admired as one of the greatest natural curiosi- 
ties in town. Its length is some 29 feet, its height 23 feet, its 
circumference 90 feet, and it is fully 1,500 feet above the level 
of the sea. East 77io2intain is in the south-east corner of the 
town, between Goshen Branch and Sugar river. It has on its 
eastern slope many excellent farms. Thatcher hill is a portion 
of this range lying south of Towner brook. Oak hill is near the 
centre of the town, and was known in the earlier days as '• The 


Orchard," from its having in great abundance many kinds of 
wild fruit. Break-neck hill derives its name from this circum- 
stance : A wild ox, belonging to Hon. Uriah Wilcox, while 
rushing down this hill, stumbled, caught his horn under a root, 
turned a somerset, and broke his neck. Claremont hill is the 
elevation lying west of the village, and is so called from the 
fact that the road leading directly to Claremont passes over 
it. At the top of this hill, some sixty rods north of the road, is 
a rocking-stone, or loggan, which is an object of much interest. 
Its estimated weight is about twenty-five tons, and it stands so 
nicely poised as to be moved backward and forward by a sin- 
gle hand. 

Rivers and Brooks. Sugar river^ and Croydon and Go- 
shen branches, are the principal streams in town. Sugar 
river is the outlet of Sunapee lake, and enters the town from 
the east. The Goshen Branch has its source in Lempster, 
Goshen, and Unity ; the Croydon Branch, in Springfield, Gran- 
tham, and Croydon. The two former unite near the centre of 
the town, at the village, and are joined by the latter some two 
miles at the north, near Northville, from which they flow west 
througfh Claremont into the Connecticut river. This stream 
takes its name from the many maple orchards found upon its 
banks, and those of its numerous tributaries. Wendell brook., 
which unites with Sugar river near the eastern border of the 
town, has its origin in Spectacle pond in Sunapee. Reed 
brook., which enters the town from the north, the waters of 
which were first made subservient to mechanical purposes by 
Stephen Reed, and which joins the river at Lily pond, comes 
from Long pond in Croydon. Morse brook., on which are sev- 
eral mills and shops at Northville, comes from the eastern slojje 
of Croydon mountain, and the meadows \vhich lie at its base, 
and takes its name from Ichabod Morse, who built a saw-mill 
near where it falls into the river. Kimball brook., just south, 
was christened for Joseph Kimball, who lived on its banks. 
Beaver brook., which starts on Claremont hill and flows to the 
west, derives its name from that animal, which had its home 
about its waters prior to the settlement of the town. Perry 
brook., the outlet of Chapin and Governor's ponds, derives 
its name from Timothy Perry, the father of the Perry race in 


town. Comsiock brook took its name from Jonathan Comstock, 
whose home stood near its union witli the river. Randall 
brook was so called from Lewis W. Randall, whose mills stood 
near its confluence with the river. The Unity Spring's brook^ 
entering the town from the south, has its source in Oilman 
pond in Unit}'. The Toivner brook derives its name from 
Ephraim Towner, one of the early settlers, who had a saw- 
mill near the junction of Main street and Break-neck Hill road. 

Ponds. Lily po?id^ which is an expansion of Long Pond 
brook near its junction with Sugar river, in the eastern part 
of the town ; Chapin pond^ in the north-west corner of the 
town ; and a portion of Governor's po?id^ in Croydon, near by 
it, comprise the list of ponds in town. 

Mineral Springs. Newport has two mineral springs. The 
one on the farm of Mr. Harmon Richardson, between North- 
ville and Kelleyville, and between Sugar river and the railroad, 
has been long and favorably known for its medicinal virtues, and 
has often been resorted to, esj^ecially in cases of poisoning and 
bad conditions of the blood. When fii'st discovered, it was pro- 
tected by a large flat rock ; and other evidences showed that it 
was known and appreciated by the aborigines. The rock was 
once dug up by an enthusiastic youth, in the expectation of find- 
ing a treasure hidden beneath it. The other spring, situated 
just north of it, on the farm of Mr, Augustus Wylie, was dis- 
covered at a later period, and is claimed to be fully equal to 
the former in its beneficent qualities. The springs were both 
purchased in 1S74 by Hazen P. Huntoon, M. D., of Boston, 
with the view of providing suitable hotel accommodations for 
such as might wish to resort to them, and who has had the 
water carefidly analyzed. 

Mines. The town does not abound in mineral wealth. The 
plumbago or graphite mine in the north-west part of the town, 
which has been wrought to some extent, is the only mineral 
deposit in town. It has often been said that private parties 
have found gold on the banks of the Goshen Branch of Sugar 

Trees. The town having different kinds of soil, had also a 
variety of forest trees. The meadows in their primeval state 
were covered with the elm, the butternut, white maple, willow, 


and alder; the gravelly and sandy portions, with pine and 
spruce ; while the more elevated regions bore the sugar maple, 
beech, hemlock, spruce, balsam, red oak, several varieties of 
birch, red and black cherry, basswood, and other kinds. 

Animals. When the early settlers first came to town they 
found themselves surrounded by wild animals, which were 
in some respects a great annoyance to them, while in others 
tiiey contributed much, by their Hesh and furs, to their sub- 
sistence and comfort. Among the more important were the 
moose, deer, bear, wolf, otter, beaver, fox, wildcat, catamount, 
woodchuck, porcupine, skunk, rabbit, mink, and gray, red, and 
striped squirrels. 

Birds. The birds here were like those of other towns in this 
portion of New England. They were the eagle, hawk, owl, 
crane, crow, duck, quail, partridge, pigeon, snipe, robin, blue- 
bird, bobolink, and a great variety of wood warblers. The 
partridge, the most abundant then, and still thronging our 
woods, has been, during the whole history of the town, among 
the luxuries of its inhabitants. 

Fishes. Pickerel, black bass trout, sucker, perch, eel, 
horned-pout, shiner, and several smaller varieties, are found 
in greater or less abundance in the streams and ponds. 

Villages. The main village is at the junction of Sugar 
river and the Goshen Branch. Northville, in the north-west 
part of the town, is where the Alorse brook falls into the river. 
East Newport, in the east part of the town, is about the falls at 
the Granite Mills. Kelleyville is in the western part of the 
town. Soutlnille is where the Goshen Branch falls into the 



^ I 'HE following is a copy of the charter of the township of 
-*- Newport from King George the Third, as granted to the 
original proprietors, who belonged to Xew London county, 
Connecticut, and mainly to the town of Killingworth : 

Province of New Hampshire, 

George the Third, by the Grace of God of Great Britain 
[seal.] France and Ireland King Defender of the Faith Sec 

To all persons to ivhotn these Presents shall come Greetixg 

Know ye that We of our special Grace, certain Knowledge and 
meer Motion-, for the due Encouragement of settling a New Plantation 
within our said Province, by and with the advice of our Trusty and 
Well-beloved Benning Wentworth Esqr : Our Governor and Comman- 
der in Chief of Our said Province of New Hampshire in New England 
and of Our Council of the said Province — Have upon the Conditions 
and Reservations hereinafter made Given and Granted, and by these 
Presents, for Us Our Heirs and Successors, do Give and Grant in Equal 
Shares, unto Our Loving Subjects, inhabitants of Our said Province of 
New Hampshire, and Our other Governments, and to their Heirs and 
Assigns for Ever, whose names are entered on this Grant, to be divid- 
ed to and amongst them into Sixty Eight equal Shares, all that Tract 
or Parcel of Land Situate lying and being within Our said Province of 
New Hampshire, Containing by Admeasurement Twenty Three Thou- 
sand and Forty Acres, which Tract is to Contain Six Miles Square and 
no more, out of which an Allowance is to be made for Highways and 
'■Tiimproveable Land, by Rocks, Ponds, Mountains and Rivers, One 
Thousand and Forty Acres free, according to a Plan and Survey thereof 
made by Our said Governor's order, and returned into the Secretary's 
Office and hereunto annexed butted and bounded as follows (viz) Be- 
ginning at a Stake and Stones which stands South 78 degrees East, at 
the distance of Six Miles and One Half Mile from the Northwesterly 


Corner of Charlestown, a town formerly Granted in this Province, and 
runs from the said stake and stones North Eight degrees East Five 
Miles and Seven Eighths of a Mile to a stake and stones, then South 60 
degrees East Eight Miles and One quarter of a Mile, then South Ten 
degrees West six miles to a stake and stones, then North Sixty Three 
degrees West Six Miles and One quarter of a Mile to a stake and stones, 
the Bounds first mentioned, being Six Miles and One half Mile from the 
Bank of Connecticut River. 

And that the same be and hereby is Incorporated into a Township by 
the Name of NEWPORT. And the Inhabitants that do or shall here- 
after inhabit the said Township, are hereby declared to be Enfranchised 
with and Intitled to all and Every the privileges and immunities that 
other Towns within our Province by Law Exercise and Enjoy — And fur- 
ther, that the said Town as soon as there shall be Fifty Families resi- 
dent and settled therein, shall have the liberty of Holding two Fairs, 

One of wliicii shall be held on the And the other on the 

annually, which Fairs are not to continue longer than the respective 

following the said and that as soon as the said Town shall 

consist of Fifty Families a Market may be opened and kept One or 
more days in each Week, as may be thought most advantageous to the 

Also, that the first Meeting for the choice of Town Officers Agreeable 
to the Laws of Our said Province shall be held on the third Tuesday of 
November next which said meeting shall be notified by Mr. George 
Harris, who is hereby appointed the moderator of the said First Meet- 
ing, which he is to Notify and Govern Agreeably to the Laws and Cus- 
toms of Our said Province, and the Annual Meeting for ever here- 
after for the Choice of such Officers for the said Town shall be on the 
Second Tuesday of March Annually — To Have and to Hold the said 
Tract of land as above expressed, together with all Privileges and Ap- 
purtenances to them and their respective Heirs and Assigns forever, 
upon the following Conditions (viz) 

1st: That every Grantee, his Heirs or Assigns shall plant and Culti- 
vate Five Acres of Land within the Term of Five Years, for every Fifty 
Acres contained in his or their share or proportion of Land in said 
Township, and to continue to improve and settle the same by Addition- 
al Cultivations, on Penalty of the forfeiture of his Grant or Share in the 
said Township, and of its Reverting to us Our Heirs and Successors, to 
be by us or them regranted to such of our Subjects as shall eftectual!/ 
Settle and Cultivate the same. 

2dly : That all White and other Pine Trees within the said Township 
fit for Masting Our Royal Navy, be carefully preserved for that Use. 
and none to be Cut or felled, without Our Special Lease for so doing 
first had and obtained, upon the Penalty of the forfeiture of the right of 


such Grantee, His Heirs and Assigns, to us Our Heirs and Successors, 
as well as being subject to the Penalty of Any Act or Acts of Parlia- 
ment that now are or hereafter shall be Enacted. 

3dly : That before any division of the Land be made to and among 
the Grantees a Tract of Land as near the Centre of the said Township 
as the Land will admit of, shall be reserved and Marked out for Town 
Lotts, One of which shall be Allotted to each Grantee, of the Contents 
of One Acre. 

4thly : Yielding and Paying therefor to us Our Heirs and Successors 
for the space of Ten Years, to be computed from the date hereof, the 
Rent of One Ear of Indian Corn only, on the Twenty fifth day of De- 
cember Annually, if Lawfully demanded the first payment to be made 
on the Twenty fifth day of December, 1762. 

5thly : Every Proprietor, Settler, or Inhabitant, shall Yield and pay 
unto Our Heirs and Successors, Yearly and Every Year forever from 
and after the Expiration of Ten Years from the abovesaid Twenty fifth 
day of December which will be in the Year of our Lord, 1772 One 
Shilling Proclamation Money, for every hundred Acres he so owns, set- 
tles, or possesses, and so in proportion for a greater or lesser Tract of 
the Land, which Money shall be paid by the respective Persons above- 
said their Heirs or Assigns, in Our Council Chamber in Portsmouth, or 
to such Officer or Officers as shall be appointed to receive the same, 
and this to be in Lieu of all other Rents and Services whatsoever. 

In Testimony whereof we have caused the Seal of Our said Prov- 
ince to be hereunto affixed. Witness Benning Wentworth Esqr. Our 
Governor and Commander in Chief of Our said Province, the 6th day of 
October in the Year of Our Lord Christ, One Thousand Seven Hun- 
dred & Sixty One and in the First Year of Our Reign. 


By His Excellencys Command With advice of Council 
Theodore Atkinson, Secy : 

Province of New Hampshire, Recorded in the Book of Charters 
Page 221-222 October 6th : 1861 pr Theodore Atkinson, Sec'ry. 
A true Copy 

pr Benjn : Giles Propritrs Clark. 




Nathaniel Fish, 
Ebenezer Eames, 
Joseph Eames, 
Benj. Harris, 
George Harris, 
Nath'l Comstock, 
Benj. Gardner, 
Isaac Avery, 
Jesse Burchard, 
John Burchard, 
Richard Dowser, 
Enoch Bolls, Jr., 
Isaac Tracy, Jr., 
Daniel Fuller, 
Elijah Acklcy, 
Nehemiah Andrews, 
John Nelson, 
John Church, 
Samuel Church, 
William Mannering, 
William Fox, 

Joseph Woodworth, 
Josei)h Fox, 
Nath'l Hungerford, 
Micah Scovel, 
Guy Richards, 
Nicholas Hallom, 

William Cone, 
Joseph Cone, Jr., 
Eliphalet Lester, 
Thomas Lester, 
Nehemiah Gates, 
Eliphalet Gustin, 

Thoophilus Tapham, Thomas Cone, 2d, 

Ebenezer Cone, 
Harris Coult, 
Jeremiah Clement, 
Joshua Tsham, 
Nath'l Bcckwith, Jr. 
Jonathan Harris, 
Nath'l Kay, 
Aaron Cady, 
Matthew Dorr, 
Noadia Warner, 
Moses Yeoman, 
Thomas Hall, 
Levi Wells. 
Joseph Beckwith, 

Abraham Ackley, 
Peter Bulkley, 
Elijah Clark, 
Jonathan Beckwith, 
Levi Crosl:)y, • 
John Olmsteed, 
Benj. Alcot, 

Joseph Newmarch, Esq., 
Daniel Warner. Esq., 
Moses Yeoman, Jr., 
John Chapman, 
Lemuel Hungerford. 

The Proprietors' Record has a drawn plan of the town agree- 
able to the royal grant, as given by Isaac Rindge, the surveyor- 
general of the province. In the soutli-west portion of the town 
300 acres were reserved, to be accounted as two of the within 
shares for the benefit of Gov. Wcntworth. In addition, one 
share was reserved for the Incorporated Society for the Propa- 
gation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts ; one share for a glebe 
for the Churcli of England, as by law established ; one share 
for the first settled minister of the gospel; and one share for the 
benefit of a school in said town. 

The shares of the proprietors were assigned them bv lot. 
For this purpose, a committee, consisting of Stephen Wilcox, 
Robert Lane, John Crane, and Isaac Kelsey. were appointed at 
Killingworth, Dec. 25, 1764, which duty they performed at the 
house of Mr. John Hastings, Jr., in Charlestown, July 6, 1765. 



Proprietors. No. Names of the Owners, May 12, 1779 . 

Nathaniel Beckwith i Ebenezer Redfield. 

Joseph Beckwith 2 Jonah KeLsey's heirs. 

John Nelson 3 Matthew Gushing. 

Nicholas Hallom 4 Benjamin Trask. 

Moses Yeoman, Jr 5 Ebenezer Merrit. 

Jonathan Harris 6 Benj . Giles, Esq. 

Enoch Bolles, Jr 7 Joseph Clement, in 1782. 

Joshua Tsham 8 Robert Lane. 

Levi Crosb}' 9 Isaac Kelsey's heirs. 

Nathaniel Comstock 10 Jeremiah Clement. 

Thomas Lester 11 Robert Lane. 

William Fox 12 Jesse Lane. 

John Church 13 Jesse Wilcox. 

Abraham Ackley 14 Samuel Hurd. 

Moses Yeoman 15 Dea. Daniel Buel. 

Isaac Avery 16 Col. Aaron Elliot. 

Nathaniel Fish 17 Benjamin Bragg. 

Eliphalet Lester 18 Ezekiel Powers. 

Jonathan Beckwith 19 Jeremiah Clement. 

Peter Bulkley 20 Col. Aaron Elliot. 

Joseph Fox 21—^ Roswell Kelsey. 

Isaac Tracy, Jr 22 Isaac Tracy heirs. 

Daniel Warner, Esq 23 Ebenezer Redfield. 

Joseph Eames 24 Reuben Hall. 

Elijah Ackley 25 Nathan Hurd. 

William Mannering 26 Jeremiah Clement. 

Nehemiah Gates 27 Theodore Morgan, Esq. 

Guy Richards 28 Stephen Perry. 

Samuel Church 29 Jeremiah Clement. 

Benjamin Alcott 30 Ezra Kelsey. 

John Chapman 31 Thomas Bolls. 

Joseph Beckwith 32 Aaron Buel. 

Elijah Clark ^^ Benj. Giles, Esq. 

Jesse Woodward 34 James Church. 

George Harris 35 Benj. Giles, Esq. 

Harris Colt 36 Stephen Wilcox. 

Ebenezer Eames 37 Israel Bryant. 

Aaron Cady 38 .Uriah Wilcox. 

Micah Scovel , ... .39 Simeon Bumper. 


Proprietors. No. Names of the Owners, May 12, 1779. 

John Burchard 40 Constant Stoors. 

Lemuel Hungerford 41 Daniel liuel. 

Thomas Cone, 2d 42 Samuel Cram. 

Benjamin Gardner 43 Joshua Lathrop. 

John Olmstced 44 Jeremiah Clement. 

Joseph Cone, 2d 45 John Wendell. 

Noadiah Warner 46 Joshua Lathrop. 

Eliphalet Gustin 47 Ezekiel Powers. 

Jeremiah Clement 48 Jeremiah Clement. 

Levi Wells 49 Stephen Wilco.x. 

William Cone ^o Robert Lane. 

Jesse Burchard 51 Ruth Giles. 

Joseph Cone 52 Daniel Dudley. 

Nehemiali Andrews 5 j 

Ebenezer Cone 54 Josiah Dudley. 

Thomas Hall 55 Theodore Morgan, Esq. 

Incorporated Society 56 Society lot, 1782. 

School lot 57 Minister's lot. 

The first settled minister 58 School lot. 

Tiieophilus Tapham 59 Jeremiah Clement. 

Benjamin Harris 60 Amos Hall. 

Joseph Newmarch, Esq 61 Ezekiel Powers. 

Daniel Fuller 62 Jared Lane. 

Richard Dowser 63 Phineas Wilcox. 

Nathaniel Hungerford 64 Ezra Parmelee. 

Nathaniel Beckwith 65 Col. Aaron Elliot. 

Matthew Dorr 66 Ephraim Towner. 

Church of England 67 Cliurch lot. 

The same committee that superintended the drawing of lots 
were also empowered to select a suitable town plot, which was 
to he divided up, and each proprietor was to receive by lot one 
or more shares, with convenient higliways to all the lots. In 
April, 1765, twenty-one shares belonging to the original gran- 
tees, being forfeited, were sold by auction. 

On the second Tuesday of March, 1766, Ebenezer jMerrit, 
Dea. Jeremiah Clement, and Stephen Wilcox were chosen a 
committee to open a cart-road to Newport, and to open a road 
at the west end of the lots laid out, wliich extended from the 
GrifHn place northward ; and at the same meeting it was voted 
that Mr. Morgan sell the boat belonging to the proprietors of 
Newport, and that Stephen Wilcox should go to Portsmouth 


and get the charter extended ; and on the first Tuesday of Octo- 
ber, the same year, they voted Benjamin Giles, of Groton, one 
hundred acres of land, provided he build and maintain a grist- 
mill and saw-mill. 

The first meeting of the proprietors in Newport was at the 
house of Mr. Jesse Wilcox, Oct. 13, 1767 — Stephen Wilcox, 
moderator, Benjamin Giles, clerk. Samuel Hurd, Charles 
Avery, and Zepheniah Clark were chosen assessors ; and Ben- 
jamin Giles, Amos Hall, Ebenezer Merrit, Samuel Hurd, 
and James Church a committee to lay out a second division of 
land. The first division extended across the meadows from 
east to west, and contained each fifteen acres. This meeting 
voted to lay out to each proprietor thirty-five acres, either at 
the east or west end of the lots already laid out. This meeting 
adjourned to the " i6th inst., at the House of Zepheniah Clark, 
Innholder in said Newport." At the adjourned meeting, it was 
voted that Zepheniah Clark, Ebenezer Merrit, Benjamin Bragg, 
Samuel Hurd, and Jesse Wilcox, having families now in New- 
port, have each eighty acres of land ; and, also, that any person 
who is a proprietor and becomes an inhabitant, with his wife, 
in said Newport, by the first of July, 176S, shall be entitled to 
eighty acres ; others, who have been in town to improve the 
first division, fifty acres. 

Feb. 2, 1769, the proprietors having failed to perform the 
condition in their charter which rec[uired them to cultivate five 
acres of land in five years for every fifty acres, had a further 
period of four years granted them to fulfil the conditions. At 
that period, as stated by Gov. Wentworth in his extension of 
the charter, fifteen families had settled in town. 

In 1772, they voted to build a Proprietor's House, which 
might also be used for church and school purposes. In 17S2, 
Josiah Stevens was voted ninet}' acres of land, on condition that 
he cause the plan and survey of the town to be made. It was 
neatly done on parchment, and is now in the keeping of Amasa 
Edes, Esq., present clerk. 


Dec. 25, 1764. Isaac Kelsey. 1819. Phineas Chapin. 

1767. Benj. Giles. 1826. James Brack. 

1788. Jedediah Reynolds. 1841. Amasa Edes. 
1790. Jesse Lane. 



THE immediate cause which first awakened public interest, 
and led to the survey and settlement of the land along the 
Connecticut river northward from Charlestown, was the return 
of Connecticut and Massachusetts soldiers from the French 
War, — in the prosecution of which tliey had passed through 
this valley on their way to and from Canada, — all of whom 
brought home most flattering accounts of the fertility and prom- 
ise of the country. Soon after, application was made to the 
proper authorities, and two tiers of towns on each side of the 
river were surveyed, and a large share of them incorporated, 
as early as 1761. 

The especial attractions of Newport were probably first dis- 
covered by a young man by the name of Eastman, who came 
here from Killingworth, Conn., as a hunter and trapper, and 
who was probably the first white man who entered the town. 
He was charmed with the beautiful meadows, and still more so 
with the abundant supply of otter and beaver, which he here 
found in <ireat abundance. On his return home laden w^ith furs, 
he gave his friends such a description of the country as induced 
them to apply for a charter, and finally led to the settlement. Af- 
ter disposing of his furs, Eastman again sought the new countrv, 
but never returned, A skeleton was found on the farm of Reu- 
ben Haven by the early settlers, which was supposed to be his. 
As confirming the truth of this tradition, we have the fact that 
the charter of the town was granted to the inhabitants of Kil 
ling worth, his native place. 

Another Eastman, possibly a brother of the foregoing, who 
was father of Dea. Benjamin Eastman, one of the early settlers, 
came here also, trapping for otter and beaver, prior to its set- 


tiement, having probably the additional hope of finding some 
trace of the lost friend. While visiting his son here in after- 
life, he was often heard to relate his experiences as a trapper in 
the wilderness. 

During the summer and fall of 1765, six young men came 
here from Killingworth, Conn., cleared six acres of land each, 
and, after getting in a crop of rye, returned home and spent 
the winter. The following year, in June, 1766, these men 
having an addition of two to their number, making eight in all, 
five having fixmilies, came and made the first permanent settle- 
ment. No record or tradition is found showing the precise day 
of their arrival. All accounts agree that they arrived in town 
Saturday night ; that they were detained by a,^d place in the 
road on Pike hill, where they camped -fet' the night ; and the 
following day, after accomplishing the remainder of their jour- 
ney, they spent in religious worship under the shadow^ of a pine 
tree which stood just south of the A. Pease residence. 

The following were among the earliest settlers, the first five 
having families : 

Zepheniah Clark, James Church, William Stanard, 

Ebenezer Merrit, .Ezra Parmelee, Jesse Lane, 

Benjamin Bragg, Jesse Kelsey, Benjamin Giles, 

Samuel Hurd, Nathan Hurd, Charles Avery, 

Jesse Wilcox, Ephraim Towner, Absalom Kelsey, 

Amos Hall, Roswell Hull, Daniel Dudley. 

Being the first on the ground, they had their choice of lands. 
They selected the meadow lots which had previously been laid 
out. The site which they selected for a common, and which 
they anticipated was to be the centre of business for the towm, 
was on the beautiful table-land between the Call hill and the 
residence of Dea. Joseph Wilcox. Benjamin Bragg settled on 
the George H. Fairbanks place, Absalom Kelsey on the Reu- 
ben Ainger farm, Jesse Wilcox on the J. E. Wilcox place, Sam- 
uel Hurd on the A. Pease farm, Zepheniah Clark on the R. P. 
Claggett place, Ebenezer Merrit on the William Carr farm, and 
Ezra Parmelee on the Griffin place. 

A few years later another colony came from Massachusetts, 
principally from Worcester county, and settled in the north- 


western part of this town and the south-western part of Croy- 
don. Their centre of business, where they had a store, a school- 
house, a tannery, and mechanics' shops, was on the road be- 
tween the Maj. Josiah Wakefield place, north of Northville and 
Croydon line. As these people were nearly all Baptists, this 
locality was soon known as Baptist hill. The Wakefields, the 
Havens, the Mctcalfs, the Durkccs, the Chamberlains, and the 
Wheelers, of this town, and the Stows, the Jacobses, and others, 
of Croydon, belonged to this company. 



FROM the earliest moment in the Revolutionary conflict, the 
sympathies of all our citizens as one man \\'ere enlisted in 
the cause of their country. Coming from the land of a Sherman 
and a Hancock, they were fully imbued with a love of liberty 
and a hatred of oppression, and, above all, they were unable to 
bear those grievous wrongs which were being heaped upon 
them by a country from which they had received so little. 
They comprehended fully the nature of the terrible struggle in 
which they were about to engage, and in some degree the mag- 
nitude of the grand issues that hung upon it, and hence were 
ready at all times to answer with cheerfulness whatever call 
their country saw fit to make upon their patriotism, whether 
that demand was for men, or for the means to carry on the 

The first act of the town in relation to the Revolution which 
we find among the records was the appointment of a Commit- 
tee of Safety, which was done July 20, and enlarged August 7, 
1775, consisting of the following members: Benjamin Giles, 
Aaron Buel, Jesse Lane, Josiah Stevens, Robert Lane, and 
Jesse Wilcox. 


The Continental Congress sent out the following resolutions : 

In Congress, March 16, 1776. 
Resolved, That it be recommended to the Several Assemblies, Con- 
ventions, and Councils or Committees of Safety of the United Colonies 
inifiiediately to cause all Persons to be disarined within their Respective 
Colonies, who are iiotoriously disaffected to the cause of America, or 
who have not associated and refuse to associate, to defend by Arms the 
United Colonies, against the Hostile attempts of the British Fleets and 
Armies. Charles Thompson secy. 



This was submitted to the Committee of Safety for New 
Hampshire : 

Colony of New Hampshire 

In Committee of Safety April 12th, 1776. 

In order to carry the Resolve of the Hon'ble Continental Congress 
into execution, you are requested to desire all Males above Twenty one 
years of age (Lunatics Idiots & Negroes excepted) to sign to the Dec- 
laration on this Paper ; and when so done to make Return thereof to- 
gether with the name or names of all who shall refuse to sign the same, 
to the General Assembly or Committee of Safety of this Colony. 

M. Weare Chairman. 

The paper submitted for signature is known as the "Articles 
of Association." 


In consequence of the above Resolution of the Hon. Continental 
Congress, and to show our determination in Joining our American 
Brethren in defending our Lives Liberties and Properties of the Inhabi- 
tants of the United Colonies : 

We the sttbscribers, do hereby soletunly engage, and promise, that we 
will, to the utmost of our Power, at the Risque of oiir Lives and For - 
tuttes, with Art/is, oppose the Hostile Proceeditigs of the British Fleets 
and Armies against the United Colonies. 

Benjamin Giles 
Samuel Hurd 
Jesse Kelsey 
Benjamin Bragg 
Jesse Wilcox 
Absalom Kelsey 
Joseph Buel 
Nathan Hurd 
Robert Lane 
James Church 
Amos Hall 
David Brown 

Aaron Buel 
Josiah Stevens 
Ephraim Towner 
Semer Kelsey 
Wm Stanard 
Uriah Wilcox 
Phineas Wilcox 
Nathan Woodbury 
Jedediah Re3-nolds 
Isaac Newton 
Jesse Bailey 
Jeremiah Jenks 

Ezra Parmelee 
Joel Bailey 
Abraham Buell 
Jesse Lane 
Daniel Buel 
Josiah Dudley 
Daniel Dudley 
Jedediah Reynolds, Jr. 
Ebenezer Merrit 
John Lane 

Newport June 20th a. d. 1776 The Inhabitants of Newport that is 

requested have all signed this association. 

Josiah Stevens ^ Selectmen 
Samuel Hurd > of 
Aaron Buel ) Newport. 



At a meeting of the inhabitants holden July 24, 1776, Samuel Hurd 
was chosen Captain, Jeremiah Jenks Lieutenant, and Uriah Wilcox En- 

Aug. 16, 1776, the Committee of Safety certify to the follow- 
ing report : 

The number of able bodied effective men in the Township of Newport 
is Thirty Six the number of muskets fit for service is fourteen, the mus- 
kets that are not fit, five, which will be made fit forthwith. Seventeen 
muskets wanted. 

The 37th of May, 1777, the town 

Voted to raise eighteen pounds lawful money to buy a towns stock of 
amunition, viz. Forty Pounds Powder, one Hundred Pounds of Lead 
and ten dozen Flints. 

The following is the list of Revolutionary soldiers, so far as 
obtained : 

Thomas Carr, 
Robert Durkee, 
John McGregor, 
Philip W. Kibby, 
John Pike, 
Samuel Thompson, 
Samuel Washburn, 
Amos Hall, Jr., 
Phineas Chapin, 

Solomon Dunham, 
Richard Goodwin, 
William Haven, 
Joel Kelsey, 
Samuel Sisco, 
Jonathan Wakefield, 
Silas Wakefield, 
Simeon Buel, 
Elias Dudley, 

Daniel Chapin, 
Joel McGregor, 
Theopholis Goodwin, 
Jesse Kelsey, 
Daniel Sterns, 
Josiah Wakefield, 
Robert Woodward, 
Hezekiah Reynolds. 

Those who were at the battle of Ticonderoga, and who left 
town June 39, 1777? were 

Matthew Buell, 
Daniel Buel, 
Jeremiah Jenks, 
Jesse Lane, 
Josiah Stevens, 

Joseph Buel, 
Nathan Hurd, 
Absalom Kelsey, 
Ebenezer Merrit, 
Jesse Wilcox, 

Abraham Buel, 
Stephen Hurd, 
Thomas Lane, 
Ezra Parmelee. 

Joel McGregor was taken a prisoner by the British, and 
confined for a long time in the old sugar-house in New York, 
and endured its privations. 

June 17, 1777, the officers of the alarm company were Capt. 



Ezra Parmelee, ist Lieut. Christopher Newton, 2d Lieut. Isaac 
Newton, and Ensign Joshua Warner. 

During the progress of the struggle, the following delegates 
were chosen to represent the town : 

Aug. 10, 1775' l^enj. Giles and Samuel Ilurd were chosen to 
the congress at Plainfield. 

Aug. 17, 1775, Benj. Giles and Uriah Wilcox, to Walpolc. 

Benjamin Giles was elected to the following places : Oct. 
15, 1775, to the Provincial Congress at Exeter; Aug. 2, 1776, 
to Walpole ; June 10, 1778, to Concord, to make arrangements 
for a permanent government; Jan. 3, 1780, to Charlestown ; 
and June 4, 17S2, to Concord, to settle permanent plan of gov- 

Nov. II, 17S0, Elias Bascom was chosen a delegate to the 
convention at Walpole. 

Soldiers ix the War of 181 2. 

The following is an imperfect list of the names of those who 
served in the War of 1S12 : 

Barnabas Brown, 
William Carr, 
Calvin Call, 
Charles Colby, 
Robert Durkee, 
Solomon Dunham, 

Daniel Dudley, 
Jacob Dwinells, 
Loma McGregor, 
Samuel Hoyt, 
Jared Lane, 
Daniel Muzzey, 

Stephen Pike, 
David Reed, 
Zacheus ShurtlifF, 
Nathan Wilmarth, 
Hartford Wilmarth. 

The Dow and Peck families were also represented by sol- 

Mexican War. So far as we learn, the town furnished no 
soldiers to the Mexican war. 



' I ^HE news of the attack on Fort Sumter, on the nth of 
-^ April, iS6r, awakened the citizens of Newport, as of all 
parts of the North, to a full sense of the gravity of the occasion, 
and they shared in the general enthusiasm for the maintenance 
of the Union. A meeting of the citizens was held on the 22d 
of April, which was attended by substantially the whole adult 
population of the town, without distinction of party. This 
meeting, with entire unanimity, pledged the raising of $1,500 
for the fitting out and support of such as might volunteer to fill 
the quota of the town, in answer to the call of the President, 
then just issued, for seventy-five thousand men to serve three 
months. This action was afterwards ratified by a legally called 
meeting of the town. 

Tiie ladies formed themselves into an association for the pur- 
pose of working for the relief of the soldiers in the field, and 
through the war rendered efficient services in connection with 
the soldiers' aid societies of the cotmtry. 

Ira McL. Barton, Esq., a promising young law^yer of the 
town, having received authority for the purpose, recruited the 
first company of volunteers, being three-months men, under the 
call of the President, of which he was commissioned captain. 
The company was in readiness at the earliest required moment, 
and served during its term of enlistment in the First N. H. 
Regiment, under Col. Mason W. Tappan. At its return the 
company was tendered an enthusiastic reception by the citizens 
of the town. 

Each year during the war the records are largely occupied 
with proceedings in aid of the volunteers of the town, and they 
show appropriations for this purpose amounting, in the wdiole. 


to $70,491.78. Each quota was promptly filled by volunteers, 
and no draft was necessary during the war to keep up the re- 
quired quota of the town. 

Whole number enlisted from the town, two hundred and forty. 
The following is a list of their names, with their officers, regi- 
ments, companies, and time of service : 

Ira McL. Barton, captain ist Regt., Co. D; captain 5th Regt., Co. 
E; captain ist Regt. Heavy Artillery, Co. B; promoted to lieutenant- 
colonel ; served 4 years, 2 months. 

Thomas Sanborn, surgeon i6th Regt. from Nov. 4, 1862, to June 13, 

Dexter G. Reed, second lieutenant ist Regt., Co. D; second lieu- 
tenant 5th Regt., Co. E; promoted to first lieutenant same company; 
first lieutenant ist Regt. Heavy Artillery, Co. B; promoted to major in 
same regiment; 4 years, 2 months. 

Edgar E. Adams, first lieutenant i6th Regt., Co. F; captain Co. B, 
75th Regt. U. S. C. Infantry; promoted to major ; brevetted lieutenant- 
colonel ; 4 years, 6 months. 

Ervin T. Case, first lieutenant 9th Regt., Co. K; promoted to cap- 
tain Co. F, same regiment; 3 years. 

John B. Cooper, ist Regt.. Co. D; captain 9th Regt., Co. K ; 4 
years, 2 months. 

Charles C. Shattuck, captain ist Regt. H. A., Co. H ; 9 months. 

Benj. R. Allen, sergeant 9th Regt., Co. K; promoted to second 
lieutenant; to first lieutenant ; to captain ; 3 years, 

J. Woodbury Hastings, i6th Regt., Co. C; captain 75th Regt. U. S. 
C. Infantry ; 1 year. 

Edward Nettleton, first lieutenant ist Regt., Co. D. ; second lieuten- 
ant i8th Regt., Co. K ; 4 years, i month. 

Truman L. Heath, first lieutenant ist Regt. Heavy Artillery, Co. H; 
9 months. 

Sumner F. Hurd, 5th Regt., Co. E; promoted to second lieutenant 
same company ; to first lieutenant ; i year, 7 months. 

Prentice H. Wellcome, second lieutenant ist Regt. Heavy Artillery, 
Co. H ; 9 months. 

Alexander V. Hitchcock, quartermaster. sergeant, 2d Co. Heavy Ar- 
tillery; promoted to second lieutenant same company; i year, i month. 

John A. George, 6th Regt., Co. G ; promoted to second lieutenant; 
2 years. 

Sam Nims, hospital steward, ist Regt. Heavy Artillery; 7 months. 

Paul S. Adams, hospital steward, i6th Regt. ; 7 months. 

Benj. Howe, 5th Regt., Co. E; promoted to second lieutenant; 2 
years, 10 months. 


Jesse T. Cobb, corporal ist Regt., Co. D; first sergeant 5th Regt., 
Co. E ; I year, 8 months. 

Charles H. Little, sergeant 9th Regt., Co. K ; wounded ; 2 years, 5 

William Delano, 6th Regt., Co. G. ; re-enlisted; appointed commis- 
sary-sergeant; 3 years, 8 months. 

James M. Russell, sergeant ist Regt., Co. D ; re-enlisted i6th Regt., 
Co. F ; 2 years, 3 months. 

Austin Reed, 6th Regt., Co. D; 3 months; died. 

Thomas A. Gilniore, sergeant i6th Regt., Co. F; 10 months. 

Bela Nettleton, musician, i6th Regt., Co. F ; 10 months. 

Willard Reed, sergeant ist Regt. Heavy Artillery, Co. B ; 2 years. 

Edwin D. Whipple, i6th Regt., Co. F; sergeant Co. H, same regi- 
ment; 2 3'ears, 8 months. 

Melvin S. Wilcox, sth Regt., Co. E; sergeant ist Regt., Co. H; 3 
years, 8 months. 

George A. Chase, 9th Regt., Co. K ; corporal ist Regt., Co. H; ser- 
geant same company; 2 years, 10 months. 

Daniel W. Home, sergeant 9th Regt., Co. K. ; transferred to veteran 
reserve corps ; 3 years. 

William W. Page, sergeant 14th Regt., Co. I; 2 years, 3 months; 

Andrew J. Hastings, i6th Regt., Co. F; quartermaster-sergeant ist 
Regt. Heavy Artillery, Co. H ; 2 years, 8 months. 

Alvin A. Young, 9th Regt., Co. K ; 2 years, 10 months. 

Sylvester Spaulding, corporal 9th Regt., Co. K; promoted to ser- 
geant ; I year, 9 months ; killed in action. 

John R. Hall, 9th Regt., Co. K; promoted to first sergeant; i year, 
10 m.onths ; died of wounds. 

Gilford L. Hurd, 9th Regt., Co. K; promoted to sergeant; i year, 9 
months ; killed in action. 

Richard M.J. Hastings, navy; served onboard steamer Augusta, i 
year; corporal ist Regt. Heavy Artillery, Co. H ; 9 months. 

Charles A. Puffer, corporal ist Regt. Heavy Artillery, Co. H; 9 

Charles C. Gilmore, corporal ist Regt. Heavy Artillery, Co. H ; 9 

Elijah Hutchinson, 9th Regt., Co. K ; promoted to corporal ; i 3'ear, 
9 months ; killed in action. 

Peter Crowell, corporal 14th Regt., Co. I ; 2 years, 9 months. 

Charles H. Crandall, 9th Regt., Co. K; promoted to sergeant; 2 
years, 10 months. 

Edwin R. Miller, corporal 9th Regt., Co. K ; 2 years, 10 months. 


Henry M. Haines, corporal ist Regt. Heavy Artillery, Co. B ; 3 years. 
I montli. 

Joel S. Blood, corporal 9th Regt., Co. K ; 7 months. 

Henry Tompkins, corporal 9th Regt., Co. K; i year, 8 months; 

Edward C. Kelsey, corporal 9th Regt., Co. K; 4 months; died. 

Prentice C. Hutchinson, corporal 9th Regt., Co. K ; 2 years, 10 

Bela H. Wilco.v, corporal ist Regt. Heavy Artillery, Co. B ; 2 years, 
I month. 

Hiram M. Austin, 5th Regt., Co. E; promoted to first sergeant; 3 
years. 8 months. 

Richard VV. Allen, i6th Regt., Co. D; 9 months. 

Dexter W. Allen, ist Reg., Co. D; i6th Regt., Co. H ; 2 years, 3 

George Anderson, 3d Regt., Co. F; deserted. 

Thomas Anderson, 5th Regt. ; deserted. 

James Armstrong, ist Regt. Cavalry; deserted. 

Henry W. Badger, ist Regt., Co. D; i6th Regt., Co. H; 2 years, 3 

John W. Bradley, 5th Regt., Co. B; discharged May 17, 1865. 

Nathan T. Brown, 6th Regt., Co. G; promoted to sergeant; 2 years. 

George P. Bean, 9th Regt., Co. K; 9 months ; died. 

Hazen Barnard, wagoner, i6th Regt., Co. F; 10 months. 

Nathaniel Bright, i6th Regt., Co. F; corporal Co. K; 2 years, 7 

Barnard B. Barton, iSth Regt, Co. K; 2 months. 

William H. Belknap, iSth Regt., Co. K; 2 months. 

Jonathan Blake, 9th Regt., Co. K; i year, 5 months. 

Josiah H. Bacon, 2d Regt., Co. E; i year, 6 months; deserted. 

Edgar Boyden, 14th Regt.. Co. I ; 2 years, 10 months. 

Albert Boyden, 14th Regt., Co. I ; 2 years, i month ; killed. 

Ziba C. Barton, 14th Regt., Co. I ; 2 years, 10 months. 

George Bates, 9th Regt., Co. F ; i year, i month ; deserted. 

Clarke E. Craige, 9th Regt., ^Co. K; transferred to 6th Regt.; 10 

John Conners, 9th Regt., Co. A ; i month ; deserted. 

Michael Crumney, 9th Regt. ; deserted. 

Hial Comstock, i6th Regt., Co. F; 7 months; died. 

Truman C. Cutting, i6th Regt., Co. E; 9 months. 

Warren Colby, 9th Regt., Co. K; 5 months; killed, 

George Comstock, ist Regt., Co. D ; 3 months. 

James Call, ist Regt. Heavy Artillery, Co. H ; 9 months. 


Alvah S. Chase, ist Regt. Heavy Artillery, Co. H ; 9 months. 

Henry Cutting, ist Regt. Heavy Artillery, Co. H ; 9 months. 

Edward Cochrain, ist Regt., Co. D; 6th Regt., Co. G ; i year, 3 
months ; killed at Bull Run. 

Charles Collins, ist Regt., Co. D. ; 5th Regt., Co. E ; 2 years, 7 
months ; deserted. 

George F. Cram, 14th Regt., Co. I ; 2 years, 11 months. 

Jonathan Crowell, 14th Regt., Co. I; 2 years; died. 

Henry Currier, 14th Regt., Co. I ; 2 years, 3 months; died. 

William Collins, 2d U. S. Sharpshooters, Co. G. ; i year, 4 months. 

Charles H. Comstock, 6th Regt., Co. I; 3 months; died. 

Reuben Craige, ist Regt. Heavy Artillery, Co. B; 2 years. 

Ebenezer F. Corbin, ist Regt. Heavy Artillery, Co. B; i year, 8 

David Carlisle, veteran reserve corps. 

Joseph R. Corey, veteran reserve corps. 

John Canny, ist Regt. Cavalry, Troop E; 4 months. 

Joseph E. Dean, 9th Regt., Co. K; i year; died. 

Frank P. Dudley, ist Regt. Heavy Artillery, Co. H ; 9 months. 

Ira C. Dowlin, 3d Regt., Co. B ; 3 years. 

Daniel Dowder, 4th Regt. ; deserted. 

Lewis DafFer, 7th Regt., Co. E; 5 months; deserted. 

Hall W. Davis, i6th Regt., Co. F ; 10 months. 

Harry Downs, nth Regt.; deserted. 

Patrick Donahue, 9th Regt., Co. D; 11 months; deserted. 

William O. Emerson, 7th Regt., Co. K; 7 months; died. 

William G. Egan, 9th Regt., Co. K; transferred to 6th Regt.; 
year, 7 months. 

Frank Elkins, ist Regt. Cavalry, Troop I; 4 months. 

Luther W. Fitch, ist Regt. Heavy Artillery, Co. B ; 2 year, 2 months; 

George C. Foss, 5th Regt., Co. E; died of wounds. 

Luther J. Fitch, 14th Regt., Co. I ; 2 years, 10 months. 

William H. Flanders, i6th Regt., Co. D ; 9 months. 

John Foote, i8th Regt., Co. K; 2 months. 

Charles F. Foote, i8th Regt., Co. K; 2 months. 

Charles M. Farr, ist Regt. Cavalry, Troop C; promoted to first ser- 
geant ; I year, 3 months. 

John Finnigan, ist Regt. Cavalry, Troop R; 4 months. 

Charles H. Fellows, ist Regt. Cavalry, Troop I ; 4 months. 

Ira P. George, 3d Regt., Co. B; 2 years, 8 months; wounded. 

Daniel W. George, 5th Regt., Co. E; 3 years. 

Alma P. Goodrich, ist Regt. Heavy Artillery, Co. H ; 9 months. 


Jacob R. Hutchinson, ist Rcgt., Co. D; 9th Regt., Co. K ; 4 years, 
I month. 

George A. Hutchinson, 9th Regt., Co. K ; one year, 6 months; died. 

William Hoben, 6th Regt., Co. G. ; 7 months. 

Charles H. Hall, 5th Regt., Co. E; i year; died. 

John H. Hunter, 5th Regt., Co. E; i year, 3 months. 

Benj. F. Haven, 9th Regt., Co. K; died in rebel prison. 

Henry H. Haven, 9th Regt., Co. K ; promoted to corporal ; 2 years, 
10 months. 

William C. Hurd, 1st Regt., Co. B; 2 years, I month. 

John C. Harris, ist Regt. Heavy Artillery, Co. B. ; 2 years, i month. 

William A. Humphrey, ist Regt. Heavy Artillery, Co. H; 9 months. 

Mitchell W. Home, i6th Regt., Co. F; 10 months. 

Moses Hoyt, i6th Regt., Co. F; 10 months. 

Henry S. Howard, i6th Regt., Co. F; 10 months. 

Elroy S. Home, i6th Regt., Co. F; 10 months. 

Abiel L. Haven, 15th Regt., Co. I; transferred to veteran reserve 
corps; I year, 11 months. 

William A. Hutchinson, ist Regt. Cavalry, Troop I ; 5 months. 

Lyman B. Hastings, 14th Regt., Co. H ; 10 months. 

Robert Harris, 9th Regt. ; deserted. 

George Howard, 9th Regt.; deserted. 

Albert C. Home, 5th Regt., Co. G; deserted. 

Hugh Higgins, 4th Regt., Co. E; 8 months. 

Alamendo Heath, nth Regt., Co. F; i year, 7 months. 

Amos Hastings, 2d U. S. Sharpshooters, Co. G; i year, 9 months. 

Antoine Hockman, 9th Regt., Co. C; 5 months; killed. 

Arthur H. Ingram, i6th Regt., Co. B; 9 months. 

Sylvester S. Ingalls, iSth Regt., Co. K; 2 months. 

Frederick A. Johnson, 5th Regt., Co. E; re-enlisted; 2 years, 4 

Edward B. Johnson, 5th Regt., Co. E; 11 months. 

Charles A. Jackson, navy; served on board steamer Augusta i year. 

Williams Kennedy, ist Regt. Cavalry, Troop I; 9 months; died of 

Michael Kelliher, 2d Regt., Co. B; 2 months. 

George W. Kelsey, ist Regt. Heavy Artillery, Co. B; 2 years, i 

John C. Kelley, ist Regt. Heavy Artillery. Co. H; 9 months. 

Roswell J. Kelsey, ist Regt. Co. D; 9th Regt., Co. K; 4 years, i 

Frank J. Lattimer, ist Regt. Heavy Artillery, Co. B; 2 years, i 


Joseph Leeds, i6th Regt., Co. I; 8 months; died. 
Frederick H. Lull, musician, i8th Regt., Co. K ; 2 months. 
Edgar Lary, 5th Regt., Co. B ; i year, 2 months; deserted. 
Chester S. Marshall, ist Regt. Heavy Artillery, Co. H; 6 months. 
Chauncey Marshall, ist Regt. Heavy Artillery, Co. H; 9 months. 
Sullivan Marston, ist Regt. Cavalry, Troop A; i year, 3 months. 
Perry Miner, 5th Regt., Co. E; i year, 5 months. 
John Munnigan, ist Regt. Cavalry, Troop B; deserted. 
Peter McGlone, 6th Regt., Co. G.; deserted. 
David M. Marshall, 18th Regt., Co. K; i month. 
James McCarty, ist Regt. Cavalry; deserted. 

Francis Mullen, 3d Regt., Co. C; 4 months ; dishonorably dis- 

Andrew J. Moody, 5th Regt., Co. H. 
Freeman W. Nourse, i6th Regt., Co. F; 10 months. 
Joseph Nelson, 9th Regt.; deserted. 
Patrick Owens, 6th Regt., Co. G; i year, 7 months. 
Samuel B. Ordway, ist Regt. Heavy Artillery, Co. H ; 9 months. 
Nathan R. Osmer, 5th Regt., Co. E; 11 months; killed. 
Edmund Parker, 5th Regt., Co. B; 8 months. 
John Phillips, 7th Regt., Co. G; i year; died. 

James C. Parrish, 5th Regt., Co. H; re-enlisted as corporal; 2 years, 
3 months. 

John Peterson, 5th Regt., Co. E; 10 months. 
John S. Preston, 1st Regt. Cavalry, Troop E; 4 months. 
William H. Perry, 9th Regt., Co. K: i year, 11 months. 
Edwin A. Perry, ist Regt. Heavy Artillery, Co. H; 9 months. 
Philander H. Peck, 14th Regt., Co. I ; 5 months ; died. 
John M. Page, 14th Regt., Co. I ; 2 years, 10 months. 
Clarence F. Pike, 4th Regt., Co. I ; i year, 5 months. 
James C. Parker, 9th Regt., Co. K ; i year, 2 months. 

Asahel Putnam, 7th Regt., Co. K ; 2 years, 10 months. 

Jameson A. Putnam, 9th Regt., Co. K ; i year, 2 months ; died. 

Samuel L. Pike, i6th Regt , Co. F ; 9 months; died. 

Lucius P. Reed, ist Regt. Heavy Artillery, Co. H; 9 months. 

Wallace L. Reed, i6th Regt., Co. I ; 9 months. 

Davis B. Robertson, ist Regt. Cavalry, Troop C; i year, 3 months. 

John D. Roberts, ist Regt. Cavalry, Troop A ; i year, 4 months. 

Elmidore Roberts, i8th Regt., Co. K ; 2 months. 

Asa Richardson, wagoner, 6th Regt., Co. G; i year, i month. 

George C. Roundy, 2d Regt. U. S. Sharpshooters, Co. G ; 6 months. 

Alonzo Reed, 8th Regt., Co. K ; i year, 4 months. 

George Richardson, 6th Regt., Co. G; i year, 8 months; died. 


Preston Reed, corporal ist Regt. Heavy Artillery, Co. B; 2 years, i 

Jeremiah P. Recldington, 9th Regt., Co. K ; 2 months; died. 

David Z. Robbins, 14th Regt., Co. I ; enlisted in veteran reserve 
corps ; 3 years, i month. 

Henry A.Reynolds, 3d Regt., Co. B; re-enlisted; 3 years, ir 

John Ryan, nth Regt. ; deserted. 

Lawrence Reath, 4th Regt., Co. F; 8 months. 

Oliver F. Stearns, i6th Regt., Co. F; 10 months. 

Andrew J. Sawyer, 9th Regt., Co. K; transferred to veteran reserve 
corps ; 3 years. 

Gardner Sweet, 3d Regt., Co. B; 2 years, 10 months; deserted. 

Ruel Sawins, 9th Regt., Co. K; i year, 3 months. 

Israel Sanborn, 9th Regt., Co. K ; i year, 7 months ; died. 

Daniel Spaulding, 9th Regt., Co. E; 3 years. 

Edward Siddell, ist Regt. Cavalry, Troop B; i year, 4 months. 

William S. Sischo, ist Regt., Co. D; 2d U. S. Sharpshooters, Co. 
G: 3 years, 7 months. 

John H. Shattuck, ist Regt. Heavy Artillery, Co. H ; 9 months. 

Daniel L. Straw, ist Regt. Heavy Artillery, Co. H ; 9 months. 

Joseph Sennott, ist Regt. Cavalry, Troop B; 4 months. 

Charles H. Stockwcll, 14th Regt., Co. I ; 2 years, 10 months. 

Moses P. Sinclair, veteran reserve corps ; 2 years, 5 months. 

Simon C. Smith, 14th Regt., Co. H ; 11 months. 

Charles F. Smith, 9th Regt. ; deserted. 

William Snow, 5th Regt. ; deserted. 

Arthur Sykes, 5th Regt., Co. C. ; 4 months; died. 

William Smith, ist Regt., Co. D ; 3 months. 

Charles St. Clair, 4th Regt., Co. E; deserted. 

Eli Tompkins, 3d Regt., Co. B; 3 years, 3 months; died of wounds. 

Frank S. Taylor, 5th Regt., Co. E; re-enlisted; 3 years, 8 months. 

Simon A. Tenney, ist Regt. Heavy Artillery, Co. B; promoted to 
corporal ; 2 years, i month. 

John P. Tilton, ist Regt. Heavy Artillery, Co. H ; 9 months. 

Patrick TufTee, 9th Regt., Co. K ; deserted. 

Daniel W. Thompson, ist Regt. Cavalry, Troop G; i year; died. 

Charles C. Webber, i6th Regt., Co. E ; 9 months. 

Charles D. Worcester, i6th Regt., Co. F ; 10 months. 

Sylvester B. Warren, 9th Regt., Co. K; promoted to corporal; 2 
years, 10 months. 

Albert Wright, 9th Regt., Co. K ; 4 months ; died. 

Marcine Whitcomb, i6th Regt., Co. C; 9 months. 

Richard A. Webber, i6th Regt., Co. B; 9 months. 


Aaron A. Wyman, ist Regt. Heavy Artillery, Co. B; i year, 5 

George Williams, 9th Regt. ; deserted. 

Charles E. Wiggin, 1st Regt. Cavalry, Troop E ; 4 months. 

James P. Wheeler, ist Regt. Cavalry, Troop K ; re-enlisted ; 7 months; 
captured August, 1864; died in hands of the enemy. 

Calvin H. Whitney, ist Regt. Heavy Artillery, Co. B. ; 2 years, I 

Calvin W.Wright, ist Regt. Heavy Artillery, Co. B; 2 years, i 

William Wallace, 14th Regt., Co. I ; promoted to corporal ; 2 years, 
5 months. 

David G. Wilmarth, navy; served i year on board U. S. sloop Dale. 

John Wilson, 9th Regt., Co. F. ; 10 months. 

Charles Williams, 4th Regt., Co. I ; 8 months; died of wounds. 

George Williams, 9th Regt. ; deserted. 

Martin L. Whittier, navy ; on board steamer Augusta ; i year. 

Charles B. York, ist Regt. Heavy Artillery, Co. B; i year, 10 

The following are a few of the many natives of Newport 
who enlisted from other places during the Civil War : 

George Hallet Cheney, on staff of Gen. Nickerson ; division provost- 

Mason W. Tappan, colonel of ist N. H. Regt. 

George W. Brovv'n, navy, N. Y. ; master two years ; lieutenant 2 

Samuel J. Allen, m. d., surgeon in Vt. regt. 

Bela N. Stevens, Concord, surgeon at Washington, D. C. 

Joseph Augustus Chapin, hospital steward. Miss. 

Martin V. B. Wilmarth, son of John, 3d Mich. Cavalry. 

Milton E. Pike, Vt. Vols. 

Job Puffer, 14th Conn. Regt., age 23. 

Elias Bush Bascom, captain in 5th Iowa Regt. 

Wallace Bascom, 2d Mass. Regt. ; shot through the heart at Gettys- 

James P. Bascomb, 9th N. H. 

E. M. Kempton, 3d N. H. Regt. 

Hiram C. Hall, Croydon. 

Nathan T. Brown, acting master-mate U. S. Navy. 

Charles Belknap. 

George Eugene Belknap (see sketch). 

Albert Nettleton, son of Daniel, ist; general in regular army. 



' J 'HE town was settled amid the stirring events of the Revo- 
■^ hition, and hence the people knew how to value our mili- 
tar}' system, knowing, as they did, from personal experience, 
how much of peril, of hardship, and of patriotism was implied 
in the term " citizen soldier." It had wrought out for them a 
country and all of its manifold blessings, and they clung to it 
w^ith an abiding interest for more than three fourths of a cen- 

Musters. The annual muster, next to the Fourth of July, 
was always considered as one of the most important and at- 
tractive days in the whole year. On these occasions all the 
companies in the regiment, some twelve or thirteen in number, 
and comprising some six or eight hundred men, were called to- 
gether. They were inspected and reviewed by the general and 
his staft', and then formed into a hollow square, with the gen- 
eral and staff, and field officers of the regiment, in the centre, 
when a prayer was made by the chaplain, and the general de- 
livered a speech. This was followed by an intermission, after 
which the regiment was again formed into line, and went 
through various evolutions, marching and counter-marching, 
and the whole was concluded by a grand sham-fight. 

There was much that was exciting and attractive on these 
occasions. The graceful waving of the many elegant banners, 
the neat uniforms of the soldiers, the showy and costly uniforms 
of the officers, the music, which, in addition to drums and fifes, 
consisted sometimes of half a dozen choice bands, the patriotic 
speech of the commanding general, often eloquent, the rush- 
ing tramp of the cavalry, the beautiful display of the whole reg- 


iment in motion as it passed in review, and, more than all, 
the sham-fight, in which the whole regiment, cheered by the 
loudest strains of all the bands and drums and fifes, was en- 
gaged in a furious combat, which filled the whole region with 
the smoke and noise of battle. 

One of the most successful musters here was in 1842. The 
regiment, then commanded by Col. Jacob Reddington, Gov. 
Hubbard, commander-in-chief of the militia of the state, and 
Maj. Gen. Hunt, who had command of the third division, at- 
tended by their suites, were present. The ranks were full and 
the day fine. The infantry companies then appeared for the 
first time with new uniforms, new arms furnished by the state, 
and new banners. Gov. Hubbard made a most eloquent ad- 

Training Days, which were in May, and in the autumn, a 
few days previous to the annual muster, were days of interest. 
On these occasions all the companies in town would in the 
earlier period meet at the old church at the foot of Claremont 
hill, form into line, and march to the tavern which stood 
near the residence of Hon. R. P. Claggett, where they would 
be inspected, imbibe their spiritual rations, and perform vari- 
ous evolutions. Ezra Parmelee, Jesse Wilcox, Josiah Stevens, 
Elkanah Carpenter, and Josiah Wakefield were among the most 
prominent ofiicers of that day. 

Among the citizens of this town who have held positions in 
the state militia are the following: 

Rali^h Metcalf, Governor and Commander-in-Chief. 

governor's staff. 

Edmund Burke, Aid to Gov. Hubbard. 
Edmund Wheeler, Aid to Gov. Williams. 
Martin W. Burke, Aid to Gov. Weston. 
Samuel M. Wheeler, Aid to Gov. Stearns. 

division commander. 
Maj. Gen. Edward Wyman, commander of third division. 




Simeon Wheeler, Jr., inspector, staff of Maj. Gen. Wyman. 

Bela Nettleton, aid to Brig. Gen. Carey. 

Benj. B. French, quartermaster, staff of Brig. Gen. Glidden. 

Wm. H. Cheney, aid, staff of Gen. Glidden. 

Henry E. Baldwin, quartermaster, staff of Maj. Gen. Newton. 

David Dickey, brigade inspector, staff of Gen. Wyman. 

Edmund Burke, inspector, staff of Gen. Newton. 

Phineas Chapin, 
Erastus Baldwin, 
William Cheney, 
Jeremiah D. Walcott, 

Josiah Stevens, 
Jesse Wilcox, 
John H. Patch, 

Calvin Call, 
Cyrus Barton, 
Edmund Wheeler, 



Benjamin Carr, 
Josiah Stevens, Jr., 
Edward Wyman, 
Jessiel Perry, 


Josiah Wakefield, 
Erastus Newton, 
Sullivan G. Pike, 


Simeon Wheeler, 
Francis Boardman, 
Lewis Smith, 

Charles Corbin, 
Jacob Reddington, 
Daniel Nettleton, 
Benj. M. Gilmore. 

Cyrus B. Howe. 

Hartford Sweet, 
John Day, 
Lyman Gould. 



BY J. L. SWETT, M. D. 

< i 

A PHYSICIAN should not only be ever ready to obey 
-^^^ the calls of the sick, but his mind ought also to be 
imbued with the greatness of his mission, and the responsibility 
he habitually incurs in its discharge. These obligations are the 
more deep and enduring, because there is no tribunal other than 
his own conscience to adjudge penalties for carelessness or neg- 
lect. Physicians should, therefore, minister to the sick with 
due impressions of the importance of their office, reflecting that 
the ease, the health, and the lives of those committed to their 
charge depend on their skill, attention, and fidelity. They 
should study, also, in their deportment, so to unite te?zderness 
y^\\h Jirmness^ and condescensio7i with authority^ as to insj^ire 
the minds of their patients with gratitude, respect, and confi- 

From an examination of the earl}'^ records of the town, and 
from conversation with some of the oldest inhabitants, it is as- 
certained tliat the medical profession, an important element in 
every community, has, from an early period in the history of 
Newport, been represented by men of character, influence, and 
ability ; and though little is now known of those here previous 
to the year 1790, yet that little is such as to warrant pleasant 
impressions, and aflbrd assurances of devotion to the interests 
of their calling. Of these, brief mention may be made of Dr. 
Aaron Mack, who was the first physician to attempt a settle- 
ment here. He was born in Hebron, N. H.,Jan. 11, 1761 ; 
read medicine, and came here in 17S5. He was married in 
this town, Dec. 29, of the same year, to Martha Newton, of 

1 MEDICAL, 41 

Groton ; nnd to them a daughter was born, Nov, 23, 1 7S6, whom 
they called Polly. He was here but a short tune afterwards, 
and the remainder of his history is unknown. Dii, Hexry 
Bliss was his successor. He came in 17S7, and while here 
acted in the capacity of both physician and preacher. He, 
also, soon left. 

At the historical celebration, in 1846, it was reported that 
Mrs. Jeremiah Nettletox, who came to this town in 1779, 
possessed unusual skill as a midwife, and that in the winter of 
17S0 she walked the distance of three miles, on snow-shoes, to 
discharge professional duties. It was also stated, that on an- 
other occasion, and for a like purpose, she was drawn by four 
men to New London on a hand-sled, the men walking on snow- 

About 1790, Dr. James Corbin, the first physician and sur- 
geon whose settlement was permanent, established himself here, 
and commenced practice. There are those yet living who not 
only have distinct recollection of the manners and merits of 
this pioneer physician, but who have also had acquaintance 
with all who have succeeded him to the present time. Such, 
and many others, will be ready to bear cheerful testimony to 
the fidelity of the medical profession in Newport in the dis- 
charge of their duties, both to the sick and to the community, 
and can decide how far their general deportment and their devo- 
tion to the trusts reposed in them have conformed to the require- 
ments specified at the beginning of this article. It is a notable 
fact, that the active professional lives of three individuals, — Drs. 
Corbin, McGregor, and Swett, — cover the entire period, from 
the first established physician, in 1790, to the present time. 
This embraces a term of eighty-six years, and reflects credit 
upon the community for stability of purpose, and respect for 
the profession which has done so much to assuage the sorrows 
of life, to lengthen its duration, and free it from every clement 
incompatible with the highest enjoyment. 

Dr. James Corbin was born in Dudley, Mass., in 1762, Very 
little is known respecting his ancestry, his own youth, or his 
early educational advantages; but he read medicine with Dr. 
Corey, of Sturbridge, ]\Iass., and afterwards with Dr. Hamil- 
ton, an eminent surgeon, of Somers, Conn,, with whom he 


also practised some time. He came here about the close of the 
year 1790. At that period Newport and the adjoining towns 
were comparatively a wilderness. The pojDulation was widely 
separated ; and the roads were rugged, and often led through 
dense forests. Notwithstanding these disadvantages, the doctor 
had resolved that this should be his abiding-place, and the field 
for the exercise of his professional skill. The sequel soon 
justified the wisdom of the decision, as he was at once intro- 
duced into a laborious if not into an immediately lucrative prac- 
tice ; for his services were in demand not only at home, but 
throughout all this part of the country. His chief mode of 
travel was upon horseback ; and the amount of labor, fatigue, 
and exposure encountered through his whole life was great. 
Still he found time to keep himself tolerably well posted in the 
improvements of his profession, the literature of which was 
much more meagre then than at present. 

In addition to his love for his profession, and the deep solic- 
itude felt for the best interests of the sick. Dr. Corbin also had 
strong desires for agricultural pursuits, to gratify which he pur- 
chased an extensive tract of land, a mile or two from the village ; 
and, in order that the opei'ations might be more immediately 
under his observation, he left the village, and moved on to the 
farm. Here, without abandoning his practice, he erected sub- 
stantial buildings, cultivated his broad acres, and surrounded 
them with stone walls, which are to this day an enduring mon- 
ument of his enterprise. He ever looked with pleasure and a 
just pride upon his well-tilled fields, his well-filled barns, his 
well-stored granary and larder, as well as upon his choicely se- 
lected horses, cattle, and sheep ; and from these abundant sup- 
plies, the poor, in their sickness and destitution, were often 
sharers of his munificence. 

Dr. Corbin was a good townsman and reliable friend, as well 
as a kind and affectionate husband and father. He was cheer- 
ful in his disposition, a lover of company, and fond of a story. 
Many amusing anecdotes of him have been related, one of 
which will suffice: Returning to his house at a midnight 
hour, he noticed a man hastily leaving his cellar window. 
Qiiickly dismounting, he at once observed by the widow a bas- 
ket of pork. Stationing himself by it, he was soon approached 


by a man from within, who passed up to him more pork, and 
said, — "I iiave reached the last laying; had I better get any 
more?" "Yes," was tlie rcpl}', "get the whole, and then come 
quietly out." He obeyed the direction, but, to his utter sur- 
prise, was confronted by the proprietor of the mansion. The 
matter was generously compromised, the invaders humbly con- 
fessing, and imploring concealment. The reply was, — "Your 
natnes shall never be disclosed : \\\q facts are mine, and I will 
not relinquish my right to relate them." 

Dr. C. was a member of the Masonic fraternity. He died 
Jan. i6, 1826, aged 64 years. 

Dr. William Joslyn, who had been a teacher for some time, 
studied medicine with Dr. Corbin, and commenced practice in 
this town in 1S04. After a residence here of six years, he 
moved to Waitsfield, Vt., where he was long engaged in a good 
and successful business, and died there, June 33, 1S34. He 
married Miss Rebecca Perry, of this town, a sister of Col. 
Jessiel Perry. 

Dr. Arnold Ellis was one of the early practitioners of 
Newport, and, while here as a physician, acted also in the ca- 
pacities of post-master, town-clerk, and jeweller. He was a son 
of Jacob Ellis, and was born in Meriden, Conn., Oct. 29, 1776. 
From Newport he went to Sutton, where he spent several 
years, and from thence to Newbury, where he died at an ad- 
vanced age. He married Elizabeth Dudley, and, at her decease, 
Hannah, daughter of Matthew Buel. 

Dr. John B. McGregor was a native of this town, and a son 
of Lieut. John McGregor, who, in 1 7S0, while yet a young man, 
came from Connecticut to this place. He selected a tract of 
land in the north-westerly part of the town, where Augustus 
Wylie now lives, and in this wilderness commenced the felling 
of trees, and other operations, preparatory to a homestead. He 
succeeded in getting a few acres cleared and sowed with grain 
the first season, built him a log house, and returned to Connecti- 
cut to pass the winter. The following spring he was married, 
and with his wife came back to Newport and took possession 
of the cabin. Here Providence smiled upon their labors ; pri- 
meval forests disappeared, and gave place to fields of waving 
grass and grain, and to pastures covered with happy herds. 


The log cabin was soon exchanged for a more tasteful, conven- 
ient, and spacious habitation. To them children were born, 
and, on the 27th of March, 17S7, the subject of this sketch, who 
passed his childhood and youth at the paternal home. Having 
acquired suitable age and education, he pursued the study of 
medicine with Dr. Corbin, attended lectures at Dartmouth col- 
lege, and graduated there in 1S09. '^^^^ following year he com- 
menced practice in this town, where for more than a quarter 
of a century he was engaged in an extensive professional busi- 
ness, and shared largely the confidence, esteem, and affection 
of the whole communit3\ 

Dr. McGregor was a great admirer of Dr. Benjamin Rush, 
and studied his writings with unalloyed delight. In his prac- 
tice he was bold and decided, and in his opinions positive. He 
was a good citizen, a friend of order, education, and religion. 
In manners he was cultured, affable, and polite, while all the 
impulses of his nature were generous almost to a fault. These 
qualities of character, combined with his public spirit, made 
him exceedingly popular, both as a man and a physician, and 
enabled him to exert a wide inffuence in the neighborhood. He 
was a great lover of sacred music, was for many years the 
leader of the choir in the South church, and was chieffy instru- 
mental in procuring the organ that so long graced that temple 
of worship, and pealed forth melodious sounds in harmony 
with devotion. 

In the autumn of 1S3S, Dr. McGregor left Newport and went 
to Rochester, N. Y., for the purpose of being with his daughter 
Marion, the distinguished pianist and organist, who was estab- 
lished there ; but the change was not promotive of his happi- 
ness. The interruption of life-long associations, together with 
pecuniary embarrassments which had overtaken him, so sad- 
dened and depressed him that he ceased to be what he before 
had been. From this time he had no permanent abiding-place, 
but vibrated between his new and his old home, for which he 
cherished the strongest affection, until death closed his check- 
ered life while visiting a daughter at Davenport, Iowa, on the 
14th of September, 1S65, in the eightieth year of his age. His 
remains, were brought to Rochester, N. Y., and placed by the 
side of those of his wife, who, on the 2Sth of September. 1S56, 
dreceded him to the Spirit Land. 


Dr. Alexander Boyd, whose parents were of Scotch-Irish 
descent, was born in Londonderry, N. IL, Feb. 8, 17S4. What 
were his early pursuits or what his advantages, or with whom 
he read medicine, is now unknown ; but his authority to prac- 
tice was derived from a license issued by Drs. Ebenezer Larned 
and Samuel ]Morril, censors of the New Hampshire Medical 
Society, bearing date June, 1S15, and having attached the sig- 
nature of the distinguished president, Josiah Bartlett, M. D. In 
1S20 he became a member of the state medical society, and for 
a quarter of a century was engaged in business in this town. 
December, iSi6, he married Margaret, daughter of Wentvvorth 
Claggctt, Esq., by whom he had four children, all of whom 
died in early life. She died in 1S34 ; and his second marriage 
was with a sister of his former wife. 

Dr. Boyd was a man of strong attachments, social and gen- 
tlemanly, and in all respects a good citizen and highly esteemed 
townsman. He died Sept. 2S, 1S51, in the sixty-ninth year of 
his age. 

Dr. Willard P. Gibson, son of William, a native of Croy- 
don, was born Sept. 2, 179S. After acquiring suitable prelimi- 
nary education, he studied medicine, and graduated at Castleton, 
Vt., in 1822. He was engaged in practice about fifteen years, 
the last seven of which were spent in this town, where he had 
many friends and a good business. He left here in the spring 
of 1S37, and went to AV^indsor, Vt., where he immediately 
turned his attention to the study of theology, took orders in 
the Episcopal church, and was installed at Woodstock, Vt., 
Oct, 19, 1S37, ^^'■''^ '^^'^'^^ ^'°'-'^' <^l''ys afterwards, at the age of 39 

Du. William F. Cooper was a native of Croydon, a son of 
Dea. Cooper, and a brother of Hon. Lemuel P. Cooper. He 
was born in iSoi, and was early trained to the duties of the 
farm, in which he was diligently employed until twenty-one 
years of age, having each winter two months of instruction in 
the district school. By a right use of these limited privileges, 
he acquired sufHcient knowledge to warrant him in assuming 
the duties of instructor to others ; and the emoluments thus de- 
rived he at once appropriated to his advancement in knowledge. 
Having by his own efforts obtained suitable preliminary educa 


tion, he read medicine with Dr. Elijah Cooper, attended his 
first course of lectures at Burlington, Vt., and his second at 
Brunswick, Me., where he graduated in 1826. He immediately 
commenced business in this town ; but after remaining one 
year his ambition led him to seek a broader field for its indul- 
gence, and he moved to Kelloggsville, N. Y., where for fifty 
years he has been engaged in extensive medical and surgical 
practice, having not only amassed a fortune, but secured an 
assurance of an enduring, grateful remembrance throughout 
his neighborhood for his kind and generous offices, his public 
spirit, and his professional fidelity. 

Dr. J. L. SwETT was born in Claremont, Feb. 17, iSio. His 
parents were descendants of immigrants from the Isle of Wight, 
who came to this country and settled in the town of Dedham, 
Mass., as early as 1637. They moved in the middle walks of 
society, and were known for their industry, integrity, and up- 
rightness of character, and for their strict observance of all the 
proprieties of life. It was their endeavor to impress upon the 
minds of their children, — of whom there were ten, — a regard 
for truth, respect for age, reverence of God, and the importance 
of obedience to the divine teachings ; and that which was so 
faithfully enforced by words, found beautiful illustration in their 
own blameless lives. 

The subject of this sketch was employed in the duties of the 
farm until eighteen years of age, attending the district school 
in the winter. In 1828 and 1829 he pursued academic studies 
at Wilbraham, Mass., and in 1830 at Meriden, N. H. The two 
following years were spent in teaching ; and in the spring or 
1833 he commenced the study of medicine, and prosecuted the 
same under the cai'e of Drs. Tolles and Kittredge, until Septem- 
ber, 1835. In the meantime he attended two courses of lec- 
tures at Dartmouth college. In September, 1S35, he visited 
Philadelphia for the advantages of observing hospital practice 
and receiving clinical instruction, as well as to have the benefit 
of a term of lectures in one of the schools at this seat of med- 
ical science, Jefferson college was the one chosen, and from 
this institution he received the degree of Doctor of Medicine, in 
March, 1836. In July of the same year he opened an office 
and commenced practice in this town ; and, as a fair patronage 


and generous confidence were soon accorded, he has remained 
here to the present tunc, diligently devoted to the duties of his 
much-loved profession. 

In the earlier part of his practice, quite a number of joung 
men pursued their medical studies in his office, among whom 
were Amos Eastman, S. J. Allen, L. Sawyer, L. W. Peabody, 
S. Lovell, H. Chapin, L. H. Angell, Isaac Cummings, L. E. 
Richardson, and others, — all of whom have proved worthy 
members of society, and ornaments in their profession. 

In 1S41, Dr. S. became a member of tlie New Hampsliire 
Medical Society. He has held various positions in the same, 
and was its vice-president in 1S73, and its president in 1S74. 
He has been an active member of the National Medical Asso- 
ciation since 1864, also a member of the Rocky Mountain Med 
ical Society, and an honorary member of the California State 
Medical Society. 

In Ma)% 1S43, he married Miss Sarah E. Kimball, of Brad- 
ford. She closed a life of great gentleness and purit}', June 7, 
1S52, at the age of 28, having been the mother of four children, 
two of whom, — an intant son of five months, and a daughter or 
fourteen, — preceded her to the Spirit Land. She left a daugh- 
ter, aged eight years, and a son of three months. The former, 
only, survives, and resides in San Francisco. The latter. Dr. 
W. K. Swett, died in Kerneville, Cal., July 15, 1S76, aged 24 
years and 4 months. The second marriage was with Miss Re- 
becca Beaman, of Princeton, Mass., June, 1S53. 

Dr. Reuben Hatch, who was one of the early physicians of 
Newport, was a native of Alstead, where he was born in 17S7. 
While pursuing his studies, he attended lectures at Dartmouth 
college. He came to Newport in iSoS, but remained only two 
years, when he went to Hillsborough, where for a long time 
he was engaged in extensive practice. He was at Marlow sev- 
eral years, and subsequently at Greggville, 111., where he died 
in 1869. His second marriage was with a sister of the late 
Thomas W. Gilmore, of this town. 

Dr. Isaac Hatch was also a native of Alstead, a cousin of 
Dr. Reuben, and was born in 1795. He attended lectures at 
Dartmouth college, and commenced his practice at Gilsum. He 
afterwards went to ISIoriah, Essex county, N. Y., from which 


place he came to Newport, in February, 1S37, and purchased 
the house and good-will of Dr. William P. Gibson, who had 
decided to turn his attention to the Christian ministry. His 
2:)ractice here was fair, but of short duration, for, in October, 

1538, he sickened and died of typhoid fever, at the age of 43 
years. He was a member of the Baptist church in this town. 

Dr. Mason Hatch was a brother of Dr. Isaac Hatch, and 
was born in Alstead, March 3, 1791. After a limited preparatory 
course of study, he read medicine with his kinsman, Dr. Reu- 
ben Hatch, and subsequently with Dr. Charles Adams, of 
Keene, and attended lectures at Dartmouth collegfe. He at 
first settled at Hillsborough, and was there engaged In good 
and successful business more than twenty years. In 1836 he 
moved to Bradford, from which place he came to Newport in 
the autumn of 183S, to occupy the place made vacant by the 
death of his brother. Here he soon succeeded to a good prac- 
tice, which he retained as long as he was able to attend to it, 
even visiting in many families after he was eighty years of age. 
Dr. Hatch possessed a cheerful disposition, had a rich vein of 
humor, and was quick at repartee. He was a good citizen, 
and a friend of order and improvement, as well as a faithful 
physician, ever ready to obey the calls of the sick, not sparing 
himself if thereby he might minister to the relief of others. 
He husbanded well his finances, and laid by for life's evening 
an ample fortune. 

His first marriage was with Miss Aphia Andrews, of Hills- 
borougli, to whom there were born eight children. Three of 
these died in early infancy ; two others, — Emily, aged 20 years, 
and Abby, aged iS, — died of typhoid fever in the autumn of 

1539. Of the three remaining, the eldest became the wife of 
the late Samuel C. Baldwin ; the second, of Hon. Dexter Rich- 
ards ; and the third, of William Nourse, Esq. — all of this town. 
Mrs. Hatch died in September, 1855 ; and the second marriage 
was with Mrs. Mary Day, who still survives. 

Dr. Platch was a member of the Congregational church, and 
died Dec. 2, 1S76, at the age of nearly S6 years. 

Dr. W. C. Chandler was born in Andover, Vt., Jan. 3, 1807, 
and was the son of Dr. Chandler, for many years an eminent 
physician of that town. His early educational privileges were 


good, and he prosecuted his professional studies under the 
direction of his father, and graduated at Dartmouth college in 
1829. After a few years of practice in Ludlow, Vt., he visited 
Philadelphia, and attended a course of lectures in the medical 
department of the University of Peiuisylvania. In the au- 
tumn of 1S3S he came to this town, where he remained till 1S41, 
when he went to Soutli Natick, Mass., and vv^as there engaged 
in extensive practice until his death, in 1S4S, in the ^zd year of 
his age. Dr. Chandler was gentlemanly and unostentatious in 
manner, possessed warm social feelings, had a great love for 
his profession, and was strictly honorable in all the relations he 
sustained to others. 

Dr. Thomas Sanborn was born in Sanbornton, X. H., 
Sept. 26, iSii. He was the son of Christopher Sanborn, 
and a grandson of Dr. Benaiah Sanborn, an eminent physi- 
cian, held in high esteem in that part of the state, and a 
lineal descendant in the fifth generation of Daniel Sanborn, 
one of the first settlers of the town. His early life was passed 
at home, and his time occupied in the duties of the farm, and 
attending the district school, with an occasional term at the vil- 
lage academy. At the age of sixteen he was bereft of his father, 
whose life was lost by drowning, but he remained with his 
mother upon the farm four or five years, assuming its labors, 
and aiding in providing for the family. In 1S31, he engaged 
in some form of mercantile business in Lowell, Mass., but his 
youth and inexperience were not able to cope with the maturity 
and management of trained financiers, and he failed to realize 
his highest desire. Qiiickly rallying from the consequent de- 
pression, he turned his thouglits to medicine, the profession of 
his grandsire, who had often expressed the wish that one of his 
grandsons might choose for his life-work his own calling, and 
in the spring of 1S33 he entered the office of Dr. Tliomas P. 
Hill, with whom he studied three months, and attended a 
course of lectures at Brunswick, Me. From this time he again 
became undecided in relation to his future, and for six years 
was only for a brief period engaged in any one pursuit. In 
1S39 his purpose to qualify for the practice of medicine was re- 
formed, and he resumed his studies under the direction of his 
brother-in-law, Dr. W. II. Hosmer, of New London, with 


whom he remained two years, attending in the meantime two 
courses of lectures at Dartmouth college. He was also for six 
months under the instruction of Dr. Oilman Kimball, of Low- 
ell, and received his medical degree from Dartmouth college in 
1841. The same year he commenced practice in Goshen, 
continuing there until August, 1S43, when he came to this 
town. In 1S47, ^^^ '^^^ induced to remove to New London, 
but soon became satisfied that this change was not for his in- 
terest. After an absence of less than one year, he returned 
to Newport, where the residue of his life was passed. He now, 
more than ever, bent his whole energies to the duties of his 
profession, was prompt in reply to calls, and faithful in minis- 
tering to the necessities of the sick. His leisure hours were 
spent in studying his cases, and in making himself familiar 
with the improvements of the times, and he was soon in the 
possession of a full and lucrative business, which he prosecuted 
until his last sickness, a period of more than twentv-five years. 
In 1S53 he visited Europe, and was absent four or five months, 
availing himself of the advantages of observation in the hospi- 
tals of Edinburg. Paris, and other cities. In 1S57 ^"^ 1S5S 
he represented Newport in the legislature. In 1S63 he was 
appointed surgeon of the i6th N. H. Regiment Volunteers, 
and accompanied Gen. Banks's division to Louisiana. On his 
return, he was appointed U. S. army surgeon for this localit_v. 
He was a past master of Mount Vernon Lodge of Free Masons, 
and was held in high regard by this fraternity. He was also a 
member of the N. H. Medical Society, and of the National 
Medical Association. His death occurred July 23, 1S75, in the 
sixty-fourth 3^ear of his age. 

Dr. James A. Gregg was born in Antrim, N. H., Jan. i, 
1790. He was of Scotch-Irish descent, the fomilies of both his 
parents forming a part of the original band of Presbyterian em- 
igrants who settled in the town of Londonderry, this state, as 
early as 1719? — their ancestors, a century before, having emi? 
grated from Argyleshire, in the west of Scotland, to the counties 
of Londonderry and Antrim in the north of Ireland. His early 
school advantages were quite limited, but, possessing an active 
mind and a thirst for knowledge, he devised ways by which he 
acquired a good English education, together with a tolerable 


familiarity with Latin. He read medicine with Dr. Stickney, 
of Antrim, and attended lectures at Dartmouth college, where 
he also graduated. In 1S14 he settled in Unity, and remained 
there eighteen years, engaged in extensive and laborious prac- 
tice, sharing largely the confidence of the people at home and 
in the towns around. While there, he not only attended to his 
professional duties, but found time to aid young men in their 
more advanced studies. He also represented the town in the 
legislature. In order that his family might have better educa- 
tional advantages, he left Unity in 1S32 and went to Hopkin- 
ton, where there was then a flourishing academy. After a res- 
idence of fourteen years in Hopkinton, he moved to Manchester, 
in 1S46, and was in practice there till 1S55, when he came to 
this town, and was in business eleven years. In the autumn of 
1866 he visited a daughter at Arlington, Vt., where he sickened 
and died of typhoid fever, at the age of 76. Dr. Gregg was a 
self-made man, possessed great physical endurance, a well in- 
formed mind, and a readiness to act in any emergency. He was 
a member of the Congregational church in Newport. 

Dr. Wm. H. Hosmer was a son of Jacob and Catharine 
Wellington Hosmer, and was born in Concord, June 13, 1S14. 
Until 17 years of age his time was passed at home, attending 
school, and, as he was able, assisting his father, who was by 
trade a hatter. After spending one year as a clerk in a furnish- 
ing store in Boston, he returned and reengaged in his former 
enployment for some time, when, by the accidental discharge 
of a gun, he received an injury of the left hand which tempora- 
rily disqualified him for labor, and his thoughts were now di- 
rected to some other calling. He pursued academic studies at 
Sanbornton, and in June, 1835, entered the office of the late 
Dr. Thos. P. Hill, of that place, under whose care the period 
of his pupilage was passed. He attended lectures at Dartmouth 
college, graduating there in July, 1S38, and in September fol- 
lowing located at New London, where he remained nine years 
in extensive practice. In September, 1S47, ^^^ came to this 
town, but after the lapse of a single year removed to Concord, 
where he still resides. 

Dr. Leonard E. Richardson was born in Auburn, Mass., 
Oct. 15, 1S33, and \vhcn but 10 years of age came with his father 


to this town. He pursued his academic studies at Meriden, N. 
H., and graduated there with the chiss of 1853. In the winter of 
1S54 ^^*^ commenced the study of medicine, attended one course 
of lectures at Dartmouth and another at Harvard Medical Col- 
lege, and graduated at the latter institution in March, 1S57. 
Shortly afterwards he opened an office and commenced practice 
in this town, but as opportunity presented for more immediate 
business in Stoddard, N. H., he left here for that place, where 
he remained for a period of eight years, in good and successful 
practice. From Stoddard he went to Hartford, Conn., his 
present residence. He married Lois, eldest daughter of Dea. 
Austin Kibby, of Newport, and has two children. 

Dr. Albina Hall was born in Croydon on the i6th of Octo- 
ber, 1800, received a good English education, studied medicine, 
•and graduated at the Berkshire Medical School in 1823. He 
was in practice at Landaft', N. H., in Hancock, Me., in Fredo- 
nia, N. Y., and two or three years in this place, commencing 
in 1S40. His present residence is Croydon, where he has 
shared the confidence of his fellow-townsmen, having been their 
representative in 186S, and again in 1S69. He was a candidate 
for state senator in 1871. He married Livia, daughter of Abi- 
jah Powers. 

Dr. Mason A. Willcox, a homoeopathic physician, is a 
native of this tow^n, and a son of Albert and Caroline Willcox. 
He was born Dec. 25, 1844, and passed his childhood and youth 
at home, attending school, and acting as clerk in his father's 
store. He pursued academic studies at Meriden and Tilton, 
read medicine at Ann Arbor, Mich., and graduated at the De- 
troit Medical College. He commenced practice in Newport in 
1869, but after a residence of one year went to Lawrence, Mass., 
where he is engaged in successful business. 

Dr. Ira P. George was born in New Boston, N. H., in 1839. 
He came to this town when a child, and lived in the family of 
a relative. He obtained his education at the district school, 
read medicine with Dr. Sanborn, attended lectures and grad- 
uated at Dartmouth Medical College, and commenced practice 
in Sunapee. He was there but a year or two, and in Newport 
about the same length of time. Li 1S69 he went from here to 


Whiteliall, Vt., and in 1S71 from thence to Gibbon, Neb., and 
engaged in other pursuits. 

Dr. J. S. Elkins was l^orn in Barnstead, N. H., in 1S45. He 
studied medicine with Dr. M. Walker, of Barnstead, and with 
his brother, Dr. J. P. Elkins, of Wilmot ; attended lectures at 
Bowdoin and Dartmouth colleges, and received his diploma 
from the latter institution in 1S6S, and in the following year 
commenced practice in this town. He married Louisa A., 
daughter of Ransom Severns. 

Dr.W. W. Dari.ixg, son of William, was born in Croydon, 
Nov. 20, 1S34. ^^^ studied his profession with Dr. Sanborn, 
and received his diploma from Dartmouth college in 1S59. -^^^ 
was in practice in Sutton, and also in Goshen, for a 
time, before coming to this town, in 1S69, where he 3-et re- 

Dr. David Morrison Currier was born in Grafton, Sept, 
15, 1S40. He remained on the farm until eighteen years of age ; 
was educated at the N. H. Conference Seminar}^ and Female 
College, spent a year and a half at the McLean asylum at Som- 
ei'ville, Mass., two with Dixi and A. B. Crosby, at Hanover, 
several months with Dr. Buck, of Manchester, and graduated 
at the Dartmouth Medical College in 1S67. He was in prac- 
tice with Dr. Fitz, at Sutton, one year, and was at Sunapee two 
and a half years. He spent the winter of 1S70-71 at the Mas- 
sachusetts General Hospital, and the spring following came to 
this town. He married Jennie B. Colb}-, daughter of Johnson 
Colby, of Sutton, and grand-daughter of Parson S. Colby, of 
this town. 

Dr. Henry W. Brown, son of Edward H. Brown, Esq., of 
Croydon, was born Nov. 15, 1S47. He received his prelimi- 
narv education at Meriden and New London academies, read 
medicine with Dr. Sanborn, and graduated at Harvard Univer- 
sity, February, 1S73. The March following, he commenced 
practice here with prospects of a useful life, but sickened and 
died, suddenly, Sept. 30, 1S75, aged 2S years. He married 
Caroline, daughter of Moses Barton, of Croydon. 

In addition to the foregoing, several other physicians have 


located in Newport, remaining for a longer or shorter period, 
among whom may be named Dr. Elijah Cooper, a native of 
Walpole, and a kinsman of the Croydon Coopers. He grad- 
uated at Dartmouth college, and was in successful practice here 
a couple of years, but left, in 1S25, for a larger field, which he 
found at Newark, Ohio, where he acquired a good medical 
reputation, and amassed a fortune. He was twice married : in 
1825, to Caroline, eldest daughter of Nicholas Farwell, of Clare- 
mont, by whom he had seven children. She died in 1847. 
His second marriage was with her sister Mary. In September, 
1854, Dr. Cooper, his wife, their daughter, four years old, and 
a servant in the family, all perished of cholera. The second 
daughter of Dr. Cooper married Maj. Jno. L. Farwell. cashier 
of the Claremont National Bank. 

In 1S43, Dr. J. W. Baker, whose father was a physician, and 
in practice at Plainfield, came here, but left at the close of 
one year for Meriden, where he was in good business until 
1854, when he moved to Davenport, Iowa, his present resi- 

In the autumn of 1S75, Dr. J. P. Elkins came from Wilmot 
to Newport, with the purpose of permanent settlement ; but 
such were the inducements presented by former friends for his 
return, that he complied with their wishes, and left the follow- 
ing spring. 

In the summer of 1S76, Dr. W. P. Swett, a son of Rev. Dr. 
Swett, of the diocese of Vermont, and a graduate of the uni- 
versity at Burlington, opened an office here, but remained a 
few months only. His present field of practice is Harwinton, 

Dr. Thos. B. Sanborn, son of Dr. Thos. Sanborn, deceased, 
a native of this town, was educated at the Colby academy, New 
London, studied his profession with his father, and graduated 
at the Bellevue Medical College, New York. He commenced 
practice here in 1877? taking his father's office, witli prospects 
favorable to a permanent abiding-place. 

Dr. Herbert D. Gould, son of Jesse N. Gould, of Weare, was 
born July 4, 1854. ^^ '^^^ educated at the Francestown acad- 
emy, studied his profession with Dr. H. E. Spaulding, of Hing- 
ham, Mass., attended lectures at Dartmouth college and Boston 


University, and graduated at the New York Ilomocopathic col- 
lege in 1S7S. He came to tliis town the same year, and com- 
menced the practice of his profession. 

A large number of natives and inhabitants of Newport have 
become physicians, and have settled elsewhere. For an account 
of them, see List of Graduates, also Biography. 



B V DR. J . I. . S W E T T . 

"C^ROAI tlie first settlement of Newport, in 1766, to 1S24, 
-^ there are no recorded statistics of the diseases or the mor- 
tality of the town, from which an accurate estimate can be 
made. Prior to the year 1800, the population numbered but a 
few hundreds. These mostly belonged to the early and middle 
periods of life ; and the only unusual and alarming sickness, 
now known to have occurred, was in 17S3, and resulted from 
an epidemic of a low form of fever, called at the time putrid 
fever, the stricken ones becoming early prostrated, and many 
of the cases passing rapidly to a fatal termination. The ad- 
joining towns shared in this visitation ; and for several months 
a general gloom pervaded the whole vicinity, inasmuch as great 
mortality follow^ed, especially with the young. 

The next most notable epidemic commenced in the winter of 
1812, and continued until the summer of 1S13. It was called 
" spotted" or "petechial fever," the cerebro-spinal meningitis 
of the present day. It was here, as in the neighboring towns, 
alarming and fotal, baffling, in a great measure, the best efforts 
and highest skill of physicians. Strong men and women, well 
in the morning, and engaged in their ordinary pursuits, were 
attacked during the day, and in the evening numbered with the 
dead. Fear of the malady was so great that much difficulty 
was encountered in securing proper attentions for the sick. 
Under these circumstances, a town-meeting was called, for de- 
liberation, and resulted in an appropriation of one hundred dol- 
lars to procure medical counsel from abroad, and six hundred 
dollars to supply the needs of the destitute, and to remunerate 
for medical services. A board of health was also appointed, 
whose duties were, to adopt hygienic measures, look after the 
sick, and see that the appropriation was judiciously expended. 
It was composed of Phineas Chapin, Uriah Wilcox, William 
Cheney, Jonathan Brown, Sylvanus Richards, and Philip W. 



Kibb}'. During the prevalence of this epidemic, a large num- 
ber of persons fell victims to the disease. 

In the summer and autumn of 1S25, typhoid fever, of a very 
grave form, visited tlie town, pervaded nearly every part, and 
in an unusual number of instances proved fatal, making the 
mortality of that year fifty-two, or four times as great as that of 
the preceding. 

In the winter, spring, and early summer of 1840, scarlatina, 
called " canker rash," was widespread throughout the town. 
For a time, a large proportion of the cases were of a malignant 
type, and in several instances death supervened on the day of 
attack. The whole number of cases that occurred exceeded 
three hundred, and in twenty-five of these the result was fatal. 
This same affection, in milder form, has with frequency pre- 
sented itself since 1S40; but with the exception of 1S5S, and 
again in 1S75, it has not been attended w^th great mortality. 

Small-pox has twice appeared in town, — first, in 1S33, when 
Jared Lane and a daughter of Aaron Bucll died from this cause, 
and again, in the spring of 1S40, in the family of Capt. Seth 
Richards, there being two cases of variola and two of varioloid, 
all of which recovered. 

Diphtheria was first known in this vicinity in 1S54, and for 
a number of years added considerably to the mortality of the 
town. Since that period the cases presenting have been of milder 
character, and more easily controlled. 

The other diseases prevalent have been such as are common 
to all New England. Annually, typhoid fever has made its 
visitation, but varying greatly in gravity and fatality in dif- 
ferent years. Cholera infantum, dysentery, and other affections 
of the alimentary canal, have usually appeared each summer 
and autumn, and have produced a larger mortality among chil- 
dren than any other class of diseases; while pulmonarv afiec- 
tions, as bronchitis, pneumonia, and consumption, have been 
constantly developing, and removing their victims from our 
midst. The mortality from consumption alone, during the last 
forty years, lias been twenty per cent, of all those who have 
died beyond ten years of age. 

The accompanying necrological statistics cover a period of 
fifty-three years, the first thirteen of which were taken from 


records made by the Rev. John Woods, and those of the last 
forty from records made by the writer. The popidation of the 
town has been slowly, but gradually, on the increase during the 
more than half a century covered by the table, which, accord- 
ing to the United States census, was, in 1830, 1,913 ; in 1840, 
1,958; in 1850, 2,020; in i860, 2,078; and in 1S70, 2,163. 
Since the latter period, by reason of railroad focilities, the gain 
has been more rapid, so that the present population is estimated 
to be 3,500. 

The whole mortality that occurred from January, 1824, to 
January, 1877, a period of fifty-three years, is 1,867, giving an 
average of thirty-five deaths to each year, and a fraction. Of the 
whole number, eight hundred and twenty-six were males, and 
nine hundred were females, while the sex of one hundred and 
forty-one is unknown, they being very young children. Five 
hundred and forty-two died below ten years of age, with an 
average existence to each of about two years ; and five hundred 
and sixty-seven attained to the age of sixty years and upwards ; 
three hundred and seventy-two, to seventy and upwards ; one 
hundred and seventy, to eighty and upwards ; forty-one, to nine- 
ty and upwards ; and one exceeded one hundred \'ears. Of 
those who have reached the greatest longevity since January, 
1837, "^^y ^® mentioned the following: 

Mrs. Anna Wakefield, 91 years. Mrs. Mary Hall, 94 years. 

Mr. Ezra Parmelee, 92 years. Mrs. Mary Pike, 92 years. 

Mrs. Ezra Parmelee, 91 years. Mr. Joel Kelsey, 99 years, 7 mos. 

Mrs. Wid. Dow, 91 years. Mr. Benj. Whitcomb, 94 years. 

Mrs. Wid. Brown, 97 years. Mr. Moses Goodwin, 94 years. 

Miss Peggy Atwood, 97 years. Mr. Joel McGregory, 100 years, 11 

Mr. Daniel Stearns, 93 years. months, 22 days. 

Col. Phineas Chapin, 93 years. Dea. Isaac Warren, 91 years. 

Mr. Samuel Goldthwaite, 93 years. Mrs. Roxy Newton, 92 years. 

Dea. Philip W. Kibby, 93 years. Mr. Nehemiah Rand, 92 years. 

Mrs. Daniel Wilmarth, 90 years. Mrs. Erastus Newton, 91 years. 

Mr. John Bartram, 97 years. Mrs. Lois Colby, 90 years. 

Mrs. Ruth Pike, 90 years. Mrs. Daniel Barker, 90 years. 

Mrs. Benj. Whitcomb, 94 years. Mrs. Thankful Wheeler, 94 years, 

Mr. Jonathan Wakefield, 96 years. 6 months. 

Mrs. Anna Locke, 91 years. Mrs. Mehitable Cutts, 93 years. 

Mr. John Bailey, 94 years. Mrs. Luke Paul, 91 years. 

Mrs. Joan Blake, 95 years. 



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TN giving the following history of the newspap^ press in 
-*- Newport, it may be proper to state that the writer has been 
connected with the Ar£'zis and Spectator most of the time for 
more than forty-six years ; that he was acquainted with all 
but two of its former editors and proprietors ; and that the 
facts given below, which he was not fully conversant with, are 
taken from the files of the paper, and may therefore be con- 
sidered reliable. 

In August, 1S23, Cyrus Barton, a native of Croydon, N. 
H., and a practical printer, established a newspaper in Clare- 
mont, called the Claremont Spectator. It contained five col- 
umns to a page, and was in size about 20 by 25 inches. Mr. 
Barton filled the position of editor, besides doing much la- 
bor on the mechanical department of the paper. The first 
number of this paper was issued Aug. 29, 1S23, and the last 
number was issued Sept. 3, 1S24. In January, 1825, Mr. Bar- 
ton removed his printing-office to Newport, and established the 
New Hampshire Spectator. The first number printed in New- 
port is dated January 12, 1S25. The removal of the paper from 
Claremont to Newport was made with the expectation that the 
latter would be the shire town of the new county of Sullivan, 
then being formed. 

In September, 1S26, Dunbar Aldrich, a printer from 
Cheshire county, became connected v^^ith Mr. Barton in the 
publication of the paper, the firm being Aldrich & Barton. In 
April, 1829, Mr. Aldrich retired from the firm ; and Mr. Bar- 
ton associated with him B. B. French and Cyrus Metcalf, 


the firm being Barton, French & Metcalf, Air. French being an 
attorney-at-lavv and clerk of the courts for Sullivan county, and 
Mr. Metcalf a practical printer. In July, of the same year, 
Mr. Barton withdrew from the paper and removed to Concord 
to take the editorial charge of the New Hampshire Patriot^ 
the Hon. Isaac Hill, the editor of that paper, retiring from 
the concern. Messrs. French & Metcalf continued the publi- 
cation of the paper about one year, when Mr. Metcalf with- 
drew from the firm, and Mr. French formed a business con- 
nection with Simon Brown, a brother-in-law and a practical 
printer, the firm being French & Brown, Mr. French editing 
the paper, besides performing his duty as clerk of the courts, 
and Mr. Brown taking charge of the mechanical department of 
the business. In 1S34, Mr. French removed to Washington 
city, and Mr. Brown continued as its sole editor and proprietor. 

In the same year, the Argus^\\\c\\ printed at Clai-emont, was 
removed to Newport, and in the following year was united 
with the Spectator-. Its name was changed to Argus and 
Spectator^ Mr. Brown retiring from the paper, and Edmund 
Burke becoming its sole editor. 

In 1S38, Henry E. Baldwin and William English, both 
practical printers, and both former workmen in the office, pur- 
chased the concern, and became its editors and proprietors. 
In a few months, Mr. English sold his interest in the paper to 
Samuel C. Baldwin, and it was published by H. E. & S. C. 
Baldwin. In January, 1S40, Henry G. Carleton and Mat- 
thew Harvey purchased the paper, since which time, now 
more than tliirty-eight years, and more than two thirds of 
its whole existence, it has been published by Carleton & 

As will be seen, the paper has passed through many hands 
since its commencement, particularly in the first fifteen years of 
its existence, — not an uncommon thing in the history of the 
newspaper press of this country. Most of those who have been 
connected with it have passed away, although not until they had 
become well known, and had exerted no small share of infiu- 
ence in the political world. 

Cyrus Barton, the founder of the paper, removed to Concord 
when a young man, and became editor of the Nevj Hampshire 



Patriot^ the leading Democratic paper of the state. He has 
served as councillor, state senator, member of the constitutional 
convention, in 1S50, to revise the state constitution, and also 
U. S. marshal for New Hampshire. He fell dead vv^hile deliv- 
ering a political speech at Loudon, in 1855, at the age of about 
58 years. 

Of Dunbar Aldrich, the partner of Mr. Barton, but little 
is known. He was but a short time connected with the paper. 
He was a practical printer by trade, and came to Newport from 
Cheshire county. 

Cyrus Metcalf, connected with Mr. French in the publication 
of the Spectator ^yN?i% a native of Canada. After his retirement 
from tlie paper he removed to New York, and was employed 
for a long time in the office of the New York Tribime. He 
died but a few years since. 

B. B. French removed from Newport to Washington city in 
1834, '^'^'^^ '^^'^^s in the government employ most of the time un- 
til his death, in the summer of 1S70. He filled the important 
positions of clerk of the U. S. house of representatives and 
commissioner of public buildings, and held other places of 
trust and responsibility. 

Simon Brown, after his retirement from the Spectator^ in 
1S35, removed to Concord, and from thence, after a short res- 
idence there, to Washington city, where he became librarian of 
• the house of representatives. After a residence there of some 
years, he removed to Concord, ]\Iass., and engaged in agricul- 
tural pursuits. He was editor of the Hingham Gazette^ and 
for many years, until his death, editor of the New England 
Farmei-. He was a member of the board of agriculture, and 
a trustee of the reform school ; served in the legislature of Mas- 
sachusetts, and in 1855 became lieutenant-governor of the state. 
He died in February, 1873, at the age of about 71 years. 

Edmund Burke, for several years editor of the Argus, was 
elected to congress in 1839, was reelected in 1841 and 1843, 
serving six years in the house of representatives. In 1845 he 
was appointed commissioner of patents by President Folk, and 
retired on a change of the national administration, after serving 
four years. In 1849 ^""^ became associate editor of the Wash- 
ington Union^ at that time the leading Democratic paper in the 


country. He is now (1S78) extensively engaged in tlie prac- 
tice of law, and is the only man now alive, with the exception 
of the present proprietors, — Carleton & Harvey, — who has ever 
had any pecuniary interest in the paper. 

Henry E. Baldwin was the successor of Mr. Burke in the 
editorial department of the paper. He was a practical printer 
by trade, having served his apprenticeship in the office. He 
filled the offices of clerk of the state senate, register of deeds 
and of probate for the county of Sullivan, inspector in the 
Boston custom-house during the administration of President 
Polk, and a government clerk in Washington, where he died 
in February, 1S57. 

William English, a short time the associate of Henry E. 
Baldwin, was for some time city editor of the Boston Post. 
He was also private secretary to Gov. Morton, of Massachusetts, 
while he was collector of the port of Boston. He was a native 
of Ireland, noted for his rapidity as a compositor, and was a 
young man of ability. He died in January, 1S49. 

Samuel C. Baldwin, an associate with his brother, Henry E. 
Baldwin, in the publication of tlie paper, was editor of the Ply- 
mouth Rock., at Plymouth, Mass., and the Laconia Democrat., 
at Laconia, N. H. He was also clerk of the court for the 
county of Belknap. He died in 1S61. 

Henry G. Carleton, one of the present publishers of the Ar- 
gtis., of the firm of Carleton & Harvey, has been connected with 
the paper, as one of its editors and publishers, now (1S7S) 
nearly thirty-nine years. He has been register of deeds and of 
probate for the county of Sullivan, and has represented the 
town of Newport in the state legislature. He is a director in 
the First National Bank, and is a trustee and the president of 
the savings bank. 

Matthew Harvey, one of the present editors and publishers 
of the paper, of the firm of Carleton & Harvey, has been con- 
nected with the paper, as editor and publisher, nearly thirty-nine 
years. The firm commenced business Jan. i, 1S40, being the 
oldest newspaper firm in the state. He was register of deeds 
for the county of Sullivan for a period of five years. He was 
also assistant marshal of the state to take the United States cen- 
sus in 1S60. 


In addition to the above, there are others who have learned 
the trade of printing in the office, who have reached positions 
of trust and responsibility. Of the earlier apprentices are Ros- 
well Elmer and Horace Parmelee, who served their apprentice- 
ships with Mr. Barton, the founder of the paper. The former 
was for some time editor of the JVorth Carolina Spectator, af- 
terwards a cotton planter in Louisiana, and is now living near 
Cincinnati, Ohio. Mr. Horace Parmelee left the business and 
engaged in trade. He is now in business in New York. 

William W. Forsaith worked as a journeyman printer in 
Boston for some years, when he went to California, where he 
died some twenty years since. 

Mr. Harvey Richards, who served his apprenticeship with 
H. E. & S. C. Baldwin and with Carleton & Harvey, left the 
business when a young man, and is now engaged in trade in 
Minnesota, where he has been quite successful. 

Mr. Virgil C. Stevens, who also served his apprenticeship 
with H. E. & S. C. Baldwin and Carleton & Harvey, went to 
California when a young man, and was for some time connect- 
ed with one of the leading papers in San Francisco. He is now 
assistant foreman in the office of the Boston Daily Advertiser. 

Mr. Jacob W. Wheeler, who served his apprenticeship with 
Carleton & Harvey, after working at his trade as a journeyman 
printer for a short time, became editor of a leading Democratic 
paper in Davenport, Iowa, but, his health failing, he retired 
from the paper, and returned to Newport, his native town, 
where he died in 1853, ^' ^^^^ ^o^ of twenty-five years. 

Mr. Parmenus H. Whitcomb, who served his apprenticeship 
with Carleton & Harvey, after working as a journeyman for 
some years, purchased the Dartmouth Press, at Hanover, N. 
H., and is printing the Dartmozith, a monthly devoted to the 
interests of Dartmouth college. He also does much other print- 
ing connected with the college. 

Mr. Benjamin F. Haven, an apprentice to Carleton & Har- 
vey, after working at his trade for some years, enlisted in the 
9th Regiment of the N. H. Volunteers during the late rebellion, 
and, after serving until near the close of the war, was taken 
prisoner, and died in Danville, Va., in November, 1864. 

Mr. George Johnson, an apprentice to Carleton & Harvey, 


on tlic completion of his trade commenced to study for the 
ministry, and, after the usual course, was ordained, and soon 
joined the Methodist Conference in Vermont, from whence he 
removed to the state of Minnesota and connected himself with 
the Congregational denomination, where he is now laboring as 
a home missionary. 

Mr. Henry Stevens, an apprentice to Carleton & Harvey, es- 
tablished himself in business at Wcstborough, Mass., where he 
was meeting with mucli success, when he was taken away by 
death in 1S71 . 

Frank H. Carleton, son of H. G. Carleton, one of the present 
publishers of the Ar^zis and Spectator, learned the trade of 
printing in the ofHce, but afterwards graduated at Dartmouth 
college, in the class of 1872. While in college he was a fre- 
quent contributor to the columns of the Argus a?id Spectator, 
and other papers. He is a lawyer in St. Paul, Minn., and clerk 
of the municipal court of that city. 

Mr Arthur S. Paul, of Unity, son of John Paul, Esq., of 
that town, entered the office of Carleton & Harvey, in April, 
1S73, served his time of three years as an apprentice, and, 
after working as a journeyman in the office one year, went to 
San Antonio, in Texas, where he is now (1S7S) employed in 
his profession. 

There have been other apprentices in the office since the 
commencement of the paper, but none that we now recollect 
who have served a full apprenticeship. 

On the removal of the paper from Claremont to Newport, in 
1S25, it took strong ground in favor of the election of Andrew 
Jackson for President, and has ever since been Democratic in 
politics, jKlhering to the party in victory and in defeat. 

The Farmers' Advocate and Political Advcnttircr, a paper 
edited by Hubbard Newton, Esq., was published weekly by 
H. & C. H. E. Newton, in 1S30 and 1831, advocating the elec- 
tion of Henry Clay to the Presidency, and the Whig doctrines, 
in opposition to Andrew Jackson and the Democratic party, 
and was continued for one year. In 1S32 and 1S33 the North- 
ern Farmer and Horticulturist^ a journal devoted to farm- 
ing and horticulture, was edited and published for two years by 
the same parties. 


Rev. John Wilcox, as far back as 1S34, had a press in 
town. He printed an edition of the New Testament, Web- 
ster's Spelling Book, the New England Primer, and an Enc}'- 

The Stdlivan Republica7i was published by an association of 
the leading Republicans of this and neighboring towns, and was 
devoted to the interests of the Republican party. The first num- 
ber was issued in January, 1S59, and it was discontinued in the 
spring of 1S61. The Hon. L. W. Barton, of this town, was the 
managing agent. It was edited by Hon. W. H. H. Allen (see 
Lawyers), and printed by E. H. Cheney, who afterwards re- 
moved to Lebanon, purchased the Free Press^ and became its 
editor and publisher. 

The Nexv Hampshire hisurance Journal was the title of a 
monthly publication issued by Robert C. Osgood in 1S74. It 
was soon discontinued. 

Among those natives of Newport more or less prominently 
connected with the press in different parts of the countr}', not 
mentioned above, are the following: George E. Jenks, Edward 
A. Jenks, Bela W. Jenks, Milton Foss, Henry H. Metcalf, 
Andrew J. Gilmore, James Kelley, George B. Wheeler 
Wm. F. Newton. 




nPHE Suf^ar River Bank was incorporated Jan. 7, 1S53, with 
■^ a capital stock of $50,000. So full was the faith of the 
public in its success, that more than twice the amount of cap- 
ital needed was at once subscribed, and a committee was ap- 
pointed to apportion the stock among the subscribers. On the 
19th day of February following, Ralph Metcalf, Edmund 
Burke, Amasa Edes, Thomas A. Twichcll, Thomas W. Gil- 
more, Amasa Hall, and Dexter Richards were chosen directors. 
On the same day, the organization of the bank was completed 
by the election of Ralph Metcalf, president, and Paul J. Wheeler, 
cashier. The bank was opened for business on the loth day of 
June, 1S53. 

In 1S5S, Mr. Metcalf, having removed tVom town, resigned 
the office of president, and Thomas W. Gilmore was elected. 
Mr. Gilmore continued to hold the office, and to discharsfe the 
duties thereof with marked ability and scrupulous fidelity, until 
failing health compelled him, in 1S75, to decline further elec- 
tion. On the retirement of Mr. Gilmore, Dexter Richards, the 
present incumbent, was chosen president. 

Paul J. Wheeler held the office of cashier until his decease, 
Sept. 19, 1S63. On the 7th of October following, Frederick 
W. Lewis was chosen cashier, and continued to hold the othce 
until the reorganization of the bank as a national bank, Feb. 
17, 1865, when he was elected cashier of the national bank, 
and has continued to hold the office until the present time. 

April 24, 1S65, the capital stock was increased from $50,000 
to $100,000. The present board of officers is as follows : Dex- 



ter Richards, president ; F. W. Lewis, cashier ; Dexter Rich- 
ards, Worthen Hall, Henry G. Carleton, Daniel R. Hall, Josh- 
ua W. Booth, John P. Knowlton, and Edmund Wheeler, direc- 
tors ; Dexter Richards, F. W. Lewis, and H. G. Carleton, 
financial committee ; Edmund Wheeler, Dexter Richards, and 
Daniel R. Hall, examining committee. 

Besides the officers already named, the following persons 
have been members of the board of directors at various times : 
Amasa Edes, Oliver Booth, Horace Metcalf, and Daniel J. War- 

The dividends, for thirteen years since its organization as a 
national bank, have averaged 9[oo per cent, per annum ; and the 
bank now holds a handsome surplus. 

The Newport Savings Bank was incorporated July i, iS6S, 
and was organized and commenced business in September of 
the same year. The first board of officers consisted of the fol- 
lowing persons : Dexter Richards, Henry G. Carleton, Amasa 
Edes, Shepherd L. Bowers, Edmund Wheeler, Isaac A. Reed, 
Albert S. Wait, Levi W. Barton, Samuel H. Edes, Francis 
Boardman, Benjamin F. Sawyer, Edmund Burke, John Blan- 
chard, and Harvey Huntoon, trustees ; Dexter Richards, Hen- 
ry G. Carleton, and Amasa Edes, loaning agents ; Edmund 
Wheeler, Francis Boardman, and Isaac A. Reed, auditors ; 
Dexter Richards, president ; Henry G. Carleton, vice-president ; 
Frederick W. Lewis, secretary and treasurer. 

This bank has made semi-annual dividends of 3^ per cent, 
from its organization ; it also made an extra dividend in April, 
1873, amounting to ifo^ per cent, per annum up to that time. 
In April, 1S7S, it reported, — Deposits, $331,500; guaranty 
fund, $5,500; surplus, $5,694.18. 

The present board of officers consists of the following: Hen- 
ry G. Carleton, president ; Worthen Hall, vice-president ; Fred- 
erick VV. Lewis, secretary and treasurer ; Dexter Richards, H. 
G. Carleton, and Francis Boardman, loaning agents ; Francis 
Boardman, E. C. Converse, and F. A. Rawson, auditors. 



THE towns now included in Sullivan county once formed a 
part of Cheshire. The old county being so long, the peo- 
ple had been subjected to a large amount of unnecessary travel 
and expense ; and one term of the court had for many years been 
holden at Keene and the other at Charlestown, the better to 
accommodate the public. A law was passed, Dec. 28, 1S24, 
removing the term of the supreme court of judicature from 
Charlestown to Newport. June 23, 1S26, the legislature sub- 
mitted to the several towns of the county the question of divid- 
ing the county. July 5, 1S27, the act incorporating the county 
of Sullivan was passed, to take eflect the following September. 
The question whether Claremont or Newport should be the 
shire town, submitted to the people at the same time with that 
of the formation of the county, was decided in Hn-or of New- 
port by a majority of 3,728 votes. 

That Newport was made the shire town of the county, even 
after this decisive vote, was in a good measure due to the efforts 
of Col. William Cheney, who, almost single-handed and alone, 
combated an imposing array of legal talent in tlie legislature, 
whose interests were in the western portion of the county, and 
won the victory. 

CouRT-HousE. At a meeting held Jan. 13, 1S25, the town 
voted, by a voice nearly unanimous, to raise the sum of $2,cxx) 
to assist in building a court-house and town-hall building, the 
remaining $i,5(X) to be supplied by individual subscriptions, 
the two sums being required to meet the estimated expense of 
the building. The lot on which tlie building was erected was 
purchased of Aaron Nettleton, Jr., for the sum of $410. A build- 
ing committee, consisting of Col. William Cheney. James Brcck, 


Esq., and Col. James D. Walcott, were appointed to superin- 
tend the work. On the nth d,ay of February, 1826, OHver 
Jenks, James D. Walcott, and David Allen, selectmen of New- 
port, and Salma Hale, clerk of the court, certified that the new 
court-house was built and ready for occupation. This building, 
after several modifications, continued to be occupied by the 
county until 1873, when it was deeded to the town, and the 
court was removed to the new building. 

New Town-Hall and Court-House. For a long time the 
town, in its frequent large gatherings, had suffered great incon- 
venience from the want of a hall with sufficient capacity to ac- 
commodate the crowd, and especially so on occasions of unusual 
interest, which drew together large numbers. This need was 
felt by all our people ; and when, after the close of the war, the 
state assumed the debts of the towns, the proportion which fell 
to this town being some $16,000, this was thought to be the 
opportune moment in which to build the long-.wished-for hall, 
as it would save the expense of collection and cause less incon- 
venience to the public. Accordingly a meeting was called, and 
various plans and estimates presented. After a long and some- 
what exciting controversy, a location and a plan were agreed 
upon ; and the town voted, Nov. 21, 1872, to erect the building. 
Frederick W. Lewis, Levi W. Barton, Shepherd L. Bowers, 
Francis Boardman, Martin L. Whittier, and William Kelley 
were appointed a committee to take charge of the work. The 
site on vt^hich it stands was occupied by the residence of Dr. J. 
L. Swett, for which they paid him $6,000. The plan of the 
work was drawn by Edward Dow, architect, of Concord ; and 
the building was erected by W. L. Dow & Co., of this town, at 
a cost, when completed, of nearly $40,000. It is considered 
one of the finest edifices of the kind in the state. The entire 
expense was paid by Newport, Claremont having pledged itself 
to furnish a suitable building and safes without expense to the 
county, provided the courts should be removed to that town. 
In part compensation, however, for this, the town had the old 
court-house and grounds, which they needed for graded school 
purposes, and also the former safe and grand jury rooms. 

Jail. The old jail at Charlestown continued to be occupied 
by the county until April i, 1S42, when it was set on fire by a 


notorious robber by the name of Hicks, and burned. The same 
season a new one was built in this town. It was erected by the 
Hon. Nathan Mudget, at a cost of $3,300. It was remodelled, 
under the direction of the county commissioners, in 1S76, at an 
additional cost of some $5,000. 

County Safe. The old County Safe building was erected 
for the county in 1S43, by Jonathan M. Wilmarth, Esq., at a 
cost of $1,100. The town voted, Aug. i, 1S43, " to lease to the 
county the south-west corner of the court-house common, for 
the purpose of erecting county offices and safes, to be held so 
long as used for that purpose." 

The citizens of Newport, at various times since the forma- 
tion of the county, have held the following offices. Several of 
them, however, resided in other towns at the time of their elec- 
tion or appointment to office. 

Clerks of the Court. Benjamin B. French, Thomas \V. 
Gilmore, W. H. H. Allen, William F. Newton, George E. 

Solicitors. Edmund Burke, Samuel H. Edcs, Levi W. 

Sheriffs. David Allen, Frederick Claggett, Rufus P. Clag- 

Treasurers. Jonathan M. Wilmarth, Paul J. Wheeler. 

Commissioner. Francis Boardman. 

Registers of Deeds. Cyrus Barton, Calvin Wilcox, N. B. 
Cutting, Henry E. Baldwin, Henry G. Carleton, Matthew 
Harvey, John Towne, Levi W. Barton, Arthur II. Ingram, 
Elisha M. Kempton, William E. Brooks. 

Jailors. David Harris, James L. Riley, Martin A. Barton. 

Judge of Probate. W. H. H. Allen. 

Registers of Probate. Aaron Nettleton, Jr., Ralph Met- 
calf, Henry E. Baldwin, Henry G. Carleton, Edward Wyman, 
Shepherd L. Bowers, George R. Brown. 



GRIST-MILLS. The first settlers took care to provide 
themselves with early and ample mill accommodations, 
as will be seen by the following vote of the proprietors : 

At an Adjourned Meeting holden on the 29"^ day of October, at the 
house of Zephaniah Clark afores*^ by the ProiDrietors of Newport afores"^, 
M"'. Stephen Wilcocks, Moderator — 

Voted that Benjamin Giles now Resident in Newport have One hun- 
dred Acres of Land, laid out by the Proprietors Committee to him his 
heirs and assigns for Ever, and to be so laid out as to secure to said 
Giles his heirs and Assigns that part of the East Branch of Great Sugar 
River so called near where s'^ Giles is about to sett up a Corn Mill and 
a saw mill, so that said Giles may build a Damm aCross said River, 
with all the priviledge of said River, so far as is necessary for the ben- 
efit of s*^ Mills with the land Adjoining said River so as to take in a Suf- 
ficiency of Land for to sett said Mills and what may be convenient 
around the same, and also to be so laid out as to take apart of the 
White Pine Timber, and also to Procure a Pair of Mill Stones for said 
Giles at said Mills. Also that said Giles have a Tax or Rate to the 
Valine of Four da3'S Labour on Each Proprietors Right or Share, the 
afores*^ Grants given for s'' Giles's Encouragement towards his Building 
the aforesaid Mills in Newport afores<i. 

The site selected on which to build the mill is the one now 
occupied by the Granite Mills of Coffin & Nourse. The mills 
were completed and ready for operation Sept. 24, 176S. The 
old mill-stones are still pointed out, and the single tree which 
constituted the original dam is now doing the same service to 
the present mills, and is in a good state of preservation. Pre- 
vious to the completion of this undertaking, the milling was 
mainly done at Charlestown, which was reached by a rough 

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road, leading over Pike hill. The mills and privilege were 
sold to Jeremiah Nettleton in 1779. They w^ere afterwards 
owned by Ebenezer Merrit, Samuel Endicot, in 1812; Ruel 
Keith ; and jointly by Amasa Edes, Joseph Sawyer, Jr., and S. 
S. Wilcox, who purchased them in 1S36, at the time of the 
Mirick speculation, who, in 1S67, sold to Cofiin & Nourse, the 
present owners. 

The village grist-mill was built previous to 1787- Daniel 
Dudley furnished the means, and John Dudley and Constant 
White superintended the construction. It was purchased by 
Roswell Kelsey, who sold it to William McAllister. It was 
rebuilt by Col. William Cheney in 1S15. It has since been 
owned by Nathan Nettleton ; Durkee & Cutting, 1826; Albert 
Wilcox ; Wilcox & Whittemore ; Edes, Wilcox & Breck, 1S36 ; 
Benj. Farrington ; J. & E. S. Barrett ; Emerson & Booth ; 
Augustus G. Savory ; C. C. Shedd, 1865 ; Gerry Morgan, 1S6S ; 
Horace Adams, 1869 ; Bennett & Woodbury, 1869 ; Bennett & 
Rowell, 1S70; Bennett, Rowell & Wright, 1S73 ; and now 
(1878) by Wright & Stockwell. The mill was burned in Jan- 
uary, 1866, while owned by Mr. Shedd, and was rebuilt by Mr. 
Morgan some three years after. In 1870 this mill ground 19,000 
bushels of grain, valued at $33,000. 

The grist-mill on the Goshen Branch of Sugar river, origi- 
nally built by Rev. Abijah Wines, son-in-law^ of Benj. Giles, 
who built the first mill, and subsequently owned by Reuben 
Bascom and Ezra Parmelee, previous to 1779, was on the 
south side of the river. It had one run of stones, and the 
power was applied to the wheel by means of a hollow log 
running from the top of the dam. Mr. Bascom sold his inter- 
est to Josiah Stevens. It was purchased by Reuben Bascom 
in 1 791. It was rebuilt on the north side of the river by James 
Whipple and Samuel P. Hawes, previous to 181 3. It has 
since been owned by Elisha Bascom, Reuben M. Call, Adams 
& Dummer, Henry Chapin, and Abijah W. Tenney. The 
original logs put in at the building of the dam are nearly two 
thirds of them still there, in a good state of preservation, where 
they have been for nearly or quite one hundred years. 
Benjamin F. Haven had a grist-mill in operation for several 


years in the basement of his saw-mill at Northville, commenc- 
ing in I 866. 

Frank P. Rowell, in 1877, erected a steam grist-mill on Corn 
alley, near Railroad square, where he has ground a large 
amount of corn — about 12,000 bushels annually. 

SaW'-Mili.s. The first saw-mill, built by Mr. Giles, has al- 
ready been described in connection with his grist-mill. Mr. 
Ezra Parmelee sawed the first boards. 

The Comstock saw-mill was built by Dea. Asa Hurd, about 
1830. It has since been owned and operated by Josiah Hurd, 
Bascom & Tenney, Oliver Comstock, Montgomery Craige, 
Coffin & Nourse, and King & Small. In 1870, King & Small 
produced 220,000 feet of boards and 100,000 shingles. 

Roswell Kelsey, Jr., built the dam at the Sugar River Mills 
for a saw-mill. The mill was placed on the south side of the 
stream, so as to better accommodate the large tracts of timber 
on East mountain. It was sold to James D. Walcott in iSi3, 
and was rebuilt by Jonathan Cutting on the north side of the 
river, and occupied by him until 1839, when it was burned. 

The village saw-mill, built by Daniel Dudley, stood on the 
north side of the river until 1S15, when the grist-mill was re- 
built, and the saw-mill was placed where it now stands, on the 
south side of the dam. This mill has been owned since by 
Jonathan Cutting, 1826; Seth Richards; Albert Wilcox ; Jacob 
Reddington, 1S37 ; Garry Tompkins, 1849; George E. Wil- 
marth, 185S ; and by Daniel Nettleton. This mill manufac- 
tured 550,000 feet of lumber and 150,000 shingles in 1S70. It 
was burned, Sept. 22, 1878. 

The Staniels saw-mill was owned and run in connection with 
the grist-mill. In 1836, it was purchased by Stephen Call and 
Frederick Claggett. It has been owned since by A. W. Ten- 
ney, John Wilcox, Hiram Staniels, and David E. Carr. The 
latter, in 1S70, produced 100,000 feet of boards, 25,000 laths, 
and 15,000 shingles. 

Ephraim Towner, one of the earliest settlers, had a saw-mill 
on Towner brook, near the junction of the Goshen and Break- 
Neck Hill roads. 

Allen's mill, at Northville, was built by Samuel W. Allen in 
1871. The Richardson mill and canal, at the same power, were 

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built in 1S36 by Samuel Larned & Co. Allen's mill, when 
oiDcrating at its full capacity, can produce 7,000 feet of boards, 
9,000 shingles, and 15,000 laths per day. 

Ichabod Morse, soon after his arrival in town, built a saw- 
mill near the mouth of Morse brook. The mill was shortly 
carried away by the high water. 

The Haven mill at Northville was built by widow Joel Wake- 
field, in the early part of the present century. It was rebuilt by 
James Haven in 1S31, and has since been owned by his son, B. 

F. Haven. 

The saw-mill, dam, and canal at Kellcyville were built by 
Israel Kelley in 1827, He was assisted by the contributions of 
some sixty-live of his neighbors, who were interested in the 
enterprise. The mill has since been operated by William and 
Franklin Kelley, his sons, and by Nehemiah Dodge and David 

G. Fowler. In 1S70, Mr. Fowler sawed 100,000 feet of boards, 
and made 200,000 shingles. 

Nathan Hurd, in the earlier days, had a saw-mill opposite 
the Endicot farm, which was carried away by a freshet and 
never rebuilt. 

Randall's mill was built by Lewis W. Randall and Carroll 
W. Peabody. It was soon purchased by Mr. Randall, who, 
after operating it for several years, sold to Ira F. Chandler, 
its present owner. In 1S70, Mr. C. produced 150,000 feet of 
boards, 150,000 feet of lumber, and 75,000 laths. 

The saw-mill in the north-west part of the town, on Ferry 
brook, has been owned by Henry Chapin, Ezekiel Powers, and 
Abijah W. Tenney. 

The saw-mill in the north-east part of the town, on Long 
Pond brook, was built by Peter Wakefield, who sold it to Ste- 
phen Reed, a son-in-law, who rel)uilt it, and from whom it fell 
to his sou Jackson Reed. Mr. Reed sawed, in 1S70, 100,000 
feet of boards. 



n~^HE favorable position of Newport, situated as it is in the 
■^ valley of Sugar river, and at the confluence of its two 
branches north and south, has enabled it to enjoy much of the 
advantages of the through travel, as well as a wide local patron- 
age ; and hence hotel-keeping has always been an important 
and prosperous branch of business. Its palmiest days were 
prior to the introduction of railroads, when an immense amount 
of travel and freighting, by stage and teams, passed through this 
town on its way to and from market. The accommodation 
ot fashionable summer boarders from our cities seems to give 
promise of another harvest for that calling. 

The first mention we find of a public house is among the 
records of the proprietors' clerk, where the proprietors ad- 
journed Oct. 13, 1767, " to meet on the i6tJi inst., at 12 o'clock, 
at the house of Zephaniah Clark, innholder, in said Newport." 
Tradition says it was a humble log cabin, standing near the 
residence of Mr. Claggett, on the Unity road. That spot con- 
tinued to be the favorite location for a hotel until after the 
building of the Croydon turnpike, and the consequent transfer 
of business to the present village. The house of Mr. Claggett 
was built by John Lane, and occupied by him, David Lyon, 
and Ruel Keith, as a tavern. 

Benjamin Bragg had a tavern at the Fairbanks place in 17S2. 
The first building, made of logs, was burned, and a two-story 
framed house was erected in its place, and used as a tavern. 
He sold out to Phineas Wilcox, who continued the business at 
the same place. 

The first framed house within the limits of the present vil- 


lage stood upon the site of the present residence of J. H. Hunton. 
It was built by Isaac Rcddington, and was designed for a tavern 
and store, and was occupied by him as such in 1793 and 1794. 
It was sold to Jesse Wilcox, Jr., who continued the same busi- 
ness from 1797 until the time of his death. 

The F. Claggett house, the second one north of the Congre- 
gational church, was built by Gordon Buel for a hotel. It was 
kept 1)V him in iSii, and afterwards by Sylvanus Richards, 
Seth Richards, John Silver, in 1S26, and by J. Black. It was 
known as the " Rising Sun." 

"The Newport CoHee-IIouse," now the house of Mr. W. A. 
F. Ladd, standing nearer the river than now, and fronting 
south, was built by Sargent Heath, in 1825, for a tavern, and 
was kept by him for a number of years. 

Luther Delano kept a tavern for a while at the Tontine, on 
the east side of the common. 

Peter Wakefield kept a tavern in the north part of the town, 
in 179S, near Baptist hill. 

Ichabod Morse kept a tavern at the G. P. Haven place. It 
stood upon what was then the Cornish turnpike, which was 
new and much travelled. 

Willard Wakefield and J. Rice had a public house at North- 
ville for a number of years. 

Sylvanus Richards kept a tavern for many years in the west 
part of the town, on the S. II. Cutting farm, where he had a 
nice place, and one of the very largest stocks in town. A Mr. 
Rice also kept a tavern on the same road, but nearer the 
Claremont line. 

The house of Mr. B. Marshall, on the new road to Claremont, 
was used for many years as a tavern, commencing with the 
opening of the road. It was known as the " Half-way House." 
It was kept first by Stephen Perry, and afterwards by Mr. Ken- 
nerson, Mr. Walker, and Harvey Bingham. 

Col. David Fisher had a tavern at the foot of Claremont hill 
in 1794; and Col. William Cheney was licensed to keep a tav- 
ern at the same place in 1S13. 

Hon. David Allen kept a tavern for many years at his place 
on the Goshen road, where Mrs. Page now resides, commenc- 
ing in iSi I. It is still remembered with pleasure by the once 


weary travellers who enjoyed its home comforts and bountiful 

Joseph Buel had a tavern in 1793 at the L. W. Darling place 
on the East mountain. 

The Isaac Qiiimby house, at Kelleyville, was occupied as a 
tavern for several years. It was kept by Jonathan Comstock. 

A public house was kept for a number of years at the Gold- 
thwait place, on the old Croydon turnpike, by James White. 

Asa Hurd kept tavern at the S. S. Wilcox house in the east 
part of the town. 

The Netvport House was built and kept by Col. William 
Cheney in 1S14, and was also kept for a while by Col. Luther 
Delano. It was shortly after purchased and greatly enlarged 
by Capt. Joel Nettleton, and kept by him for more than twenty 
years. Since his day it has been kept by Parker Nettleton, 
James Kendall, Stephen Day, W. C. Colston, Samuel Emmons, 
Milton Glidden, Ira M. Clark, David B. Jones, Cross & Ayer, 
and J. & H. G. P. Cross. The original edifice was burned in 
i860, and the present structure was erected the same year by 
the Messrs. Cross, assisted by liberal contributions from the 
citizens of the village, at a cost of $10,000. It was inaugurated 
with a most brilliant leap-year i^arty on the 14th of December 
of that year. It was purchased by E. L. Putney, its present 
owner, in March, 1S66. The French roof and observatory 
were put upon it by him in 1871, and the large new addition 
at the north in 1874, nearly doubling its capacity. It was leased 
to H. A. Averill in October, 1S73, for a short time. It has 
always received its share of patronage from the time of its 
erection by Mr. Cheney. It is three stories high, with a Man- 
sard roof, 120 feet long, 44 feet deep, and has 100 rooms. 

The Eagle hotels now Eagle block, was built by James Breck 
and Josiah Forsaith, Esqs., in 1826. It was first kept by 
George Sparhawk, and subsequently by James Cameron, John 
Doughty, John Preston, John Silver, Samuel Emmons, Mat- 
thew Parker, Asa Richardson, S. Day, Jr., Joseph Nutting, D. 
W. Watkins, Jonathan Silsby, and C. & H. A. Averill. It was 
purchased by S. H. Edes, and converted into a business block, 
in 1856. It enjoyed its greatest popularity with the fashion- 
able public, who constantly- thronged it with rides and dances, 




while under the mnnngemcnt of Mr. Silver, whose laJy had 
rare gifts for lier position. 

The Phcnix hotel was built by Orange Whitney in iS/O, be- 
ing assisted in the enterprise by citizens intei^ested in the prog- 
ress of the village, and was under the management of his son, 
Calvin H. Whitney, until 1873, when it was sold to James H. 
Brown, the present proprietor. It is three stories high, with a 
French roof, has a long ell in the rear, a balcony in front, and 
has 50 rooms. It is built upon the site formerly occupied by 
the Sugar River House^ which was built by Milan Booth in 
1S58, and was kept by Mr. Booth, Charles W. Jenks, E. L. 
Putney, N. B. Hull, and G. L. Cass, and which, in 1867, was 
destroyed by fire. 



TvTEWPORT, by its favorable location, has always been able 
-^ ^ to command a very considerable trade. The merchants, 
as a class, have done a thriving business. Several of them 
have accumulated fortunes. 

Tradition says the first article of merchandise brought into 
town was a barrel of rum, individuals contributing what they 
were disposed to ; but when it arrived, no one of their number 
had sufficient knowledge of figures to divide it equitably among 
the owners, so the matter was deferred until the arrival of Mrs. 
Christopher Newton, who was able to solve the problem. 

The first store in town was kept by a Mr. Hicks, a son-in-law 
of Jedediah Reynolds, at the place now occupied by the old 
Boardman house. Josiah Stephens, Esq., kept a stock of goods 
at his house on the Unity road, at the William Emerson place. 
Isaac Reddington and David Lyon had a store at the Col. Carr 
place on the Unity road. William Cheney had a store at the 
E. Noyes house, at the foot of Claremont hill, when he first 
commenced trade in town. 

Isaac Reddington, Jesse Wilcox, Jr., Solomon Clement, Eras- 
tus Baldwin, in i8i3, Calvin, Albert, and Jesse Wilcox, in 1S33, 
and Amos Little, have in turn traded at the J. H. Hunton cor- 
ner, in what was known as the old red store, the first framed 
buildingf in the villagfe. 

The brick building at the corner of Main and Elm streets 
was built by James Breck, in 1S16, and was occupied by him 
as a store, a portion of the time in connection with Hugh 
McAllister, and a part with his son, Martin B. Breck. 

William Ward had a store at the Harvey corner and at the 


Calvin and Albert Wilcox, Daniel Wilcox, William and 
George W. Nourse, George II. Fairbanks, and Philip Royce 
have traded at the store south of Burke's block. James Gush- 
ing, James Breck, J. W. and J. H. Parmalee, Thomas Wallace, 
Asa Webster, George Herrick, Aaron Matson, and Ransom 
and Ariel Iluntoon have kept in Burke's block. 

Little & Story, Alfred Story, and Miidget & Higbee have 
traded in the store now occupied by C. H. Whitney & Co. Jo- 
seph Farnsworth, J. D. Walcott, and Moses P. Durkee traded 
in a building standing at the east of Wheeler's block in 1S24. 

Johnson Si Averill, George E. Bartlett, William Dunton, 
Milton S.Jackson, F. A. Rawson, William O. Hopkins, N.J. 
Smith, Whitney & Sibley, and Charles Brockvvay have been in 
trade at Wheeler's block. 

The Stowell building was erected by Dea. Joseph Farns- 
worth and Alvin Hatch in 1S26, and occupied by them as a 
store. J. S. Farnsworth, P. N. Newell, Lovell White, Charles 
E. Wheeler, Sylvanus Stowell, Barnard & Carter, and C. M. 
Emerson have in turn occupied the same place as traders. 

The old Cheney block, built in 1S16, was always occupied 
for purposes of trade. Wm. Cheney, A. Hatch, S. Partridge, 
Charles Forbes, W. H. Cheney, Fisher Dudley, Seth, Dexter, 
and Abiathar Richards, E. C. Converse, J. S. Parmalee, Philo 
Fuller, Nathan Clark, H. P. Coffin, and J. W. Person have at 
different times been its occupants. 

The traders at the Nettleton block have been Jeremiah Kel- 
sey, 2d, in iSio, Aaron Nettleton, Jr., T. W. Gilmore, Joseph 
Farnsworth, Bela Nettleton, F. W. Lewis, Wm. Young, Benj. 
Wadleigh, Qiiimby & Simmons, Rawson & Livermore, Bas- 
com & Livermore, Stowell cS: Wiggin, A. D. Howard, and A. 
P. Welcome. 

Wm. White had a store iust south of the villasre bridsre, and 
John Cutting one at the Goldthwait place, in the north part of 
the town. 

Samuel Allen had a store at the Howe place on Page hill, on 
the Goshen road. 

Harrison Rice traded at Northville in 1S43, Wm. B. Dug- 
gan in 1S50, and E. H. Wakefield in 1S7S. 

In the carlv times there were two stores north of Northville, 


— one on the old Joel McGregor place, and the other on the 
Eben Rowell form. Dea. Elias Metcalf, Dr. James Corbin, 
Moses P. Durkee, and Joel McGregor were among the owners, 
and Jonah Griswold, the famous old school-teacher, \vas the 
most noted clerk. 

Samuel H. Edes & Son have been in trade for several years 
at the Eagle block. Geo. W. Britton, Edwin A. Kenion, and 
Jonathan Barnard have also been engaged extensively in trade. 

Natlian White and Nathan White & Son have for many 
years been commission dealers in wool, furs, pork, butter, and 
poultry for the Boston market. 

E. H. Dunbar commenced the poultry business for the Bos- 
ton markets in 1S72, and Henry A. Wilcox in 1S73. 

Drugs. Drugs and medicines were kept for a long time by 
the merchants at their stores, mainly by Wilcox and Cheney, 
until 1848, when Nathaniel Adams opened the first drug store 
in town in Little's block. His successors have been Samuel 
Day, Jr., W. W. Leavitt, E. C. Converse, Sam Nims, Ira P. 
George, D. W. Howe, Hurd & Ayer, Carleton Hurd, and John 
C. Kelley. 

Books. William Cheney in 1S15, Cyrus Barton in 1S34, 
Simon Brown in 1833, David Harris, Mudget & Higbee, E. C. 
Converse in 1S59, John C. Kelley, and Carleton Hurd have 
been dealers in books. Calvin Messenger, in 1825, kept a de- 
pository for tracts and Sabbath-school books, in the south part 
of the village. 

Lovell Wliite & Co., Abiathar Richards, M. W. Burke, Lo- 
I'en H. Chase, A. V. Hitchcock, John O. Hobbs, and Young & 
Hutchinson have dealt largelv in readv-made clothing and 
gentlemen's furnishing goods. 

James Wheeler, William P. Wheeler, David Hale, Edmund 
Wheeler, G. & E. A. Pollard, and Charles H. Watts have kept 
large stocks of saddles, harnesses, trunks, and horse-furnishing 

John Russ, Joseph T. Chase, Sawyer Belknap, John B. Stow- 
ell. Dean S. Clement, B. C. Logue, Hunton & Dudley, Board- 
man & Patch, Patch & Dudley, Daniel F. Patch, Ethan S. 
Chase, and E. S. Chase & Son have traded extensively in boots 
and shoes, keeping large stocks. 


Stoves and Hardware have been largely dealt in by Rob- 
inson & Oivis, Robinson & Wilcox, Calvin VV^ilcox & Son, Sib- 
ley Si Brown, Hatch & Stowcll, and S. G. Stowell & vSon. 

Watches AND Jewelry. Large stocks have been kept by 
Amos O. Woodbury, A. O. Woodbury & Son, A. O. Kidder, 
and E. P. Fisher. 

Milk. Abner P. Welcome first commenced the milk trade, 
since which time Francis H. Goldthwait, Putnam George, E. 
H. Dunbar, S. A. Tenney, Henry Stearns, and Arthur H. Wil- 
marth have supplied the market. 



T~^URING the first fifty years after the settlement of the 
-*— ^ town, travelling was done almost wholly on foot, on 
horseback, and on sleds and carts drawn by ox-teams. So late 
as iSio, the Rev. Baron Stow, d, d., of Boston, says, — "At the 
large church at Northville, well filled with hearers, there were 
no carriages present." The usual way was on horseback : the 
man took the saddle, the wife sat upon a pillion behind, a 
child in the lap of each, while the other m.embers of the family 
followed on foot. Ox-teams, which carried the whole family 
and the less fortunate neighbors, were more generally used at 

Roads. The first road oj^ened in town was a cart-road from 
Charlestown. It extended from North Charlestown, through 
Unity, over Pike hill, to the foot of Call hill on the Unity road. 
It was laid out in pursuance of a vote of the proprietors, passed 
on the second Tuesday of March, 1766. The road at the west 
end of the first division of lots, — the one extending north from 
the Griftln place, — was voted to be built at the same meeting. 
It was surveyed and laid out, eight rods wide, in July, i77^" 
The road extending from the Fairbanks place to the Giles (now 
Granite) mills was built in 1770. The Unity road was laid 
out in 1776. The village road, extending from Croydon to the 
Goshen line, was built in 1779. The old road to Claremont, 
north of the river, was built in i793' The new road following 
the river was built in 1S34. The road from the D. Wilmarth 
corner to Cornish was built in 1S04. The road from North- 
ville, north, was probably a county road, and built about 1770, 
the time of the first settlements in that part of the town. 

Turnpikes. A turnpike fever prevailed, and was at its 


height herefrom 1S04 to 1S14. The Croydon turnpike, extend- 
ing from Lebanon to Washington, passing through the town by 
way of Croydon Flat, and the viUage, to Goshen Mill village, 
was chartered June 25, 1S04, and built in 1S06. It was very 
useful in its day, and over it passed nearly all the travel and 
freight along the line to and from Boston. The flattering pros- 
pects of large dividends to the stockholders, which induced 
them to commence the undertaking, were never realized. It was 
given up, and a public road laid out over it by the town in 1S3S. 
At the annual meeting in iSo9,the proposition to pay money 
in aid of the Newport Turnpike Corporation, extending from 
the Croydon turnpike in Newport to Keene, came up for con- 
sideration, and the town voted not to extend the aid, 

March 13, iSio, the town voted to give the Cornish Turnpike 
Corporation, which was incorporated Dec. 9, iSoS, $1,500, 
in three annual instalments. In April, following, it was voted 
to rescind the above vote; and in March, 1811, the town voted 
to pass over an article appropriating money in aid of the cor- 
poration. At the end of a vexatious lawsuit, the town paid 
the $1,500. This road extended from the Croydon turnpike, at 
A, P. Welcome's, through Northville, to Cornish bridge, by way 
of Governor's pond at the north-west corner of the town. 

March 13, 1S12, the town voted to give the Sunapee Turn- 
pike Corporation $i,300, in three annual instalments. On this 
proposition the vote stood, — yea, 104; nay, Si. This road ex- 
tended from the village to Bradford through South Sunapee, 

Bridges. At the annual meeting, ISIarch 8, 1774- the town 
"voted to build a bridge across the east branch of Sugar 
river, near the east end of the first division of lots," which was 
near the site of the present village bridge on Main street. Fif- 
teen pounds was raised to defray the expense, to be paid in 
labor or grain at market price. Aaron Buel, Phineas Wilcox, 
and Ezra Parmelee were chosen building committee, 

'•March 13, 1775, voted to build a bridge over the south 
branch, between lots No. 16 and No, 17, in the first division." 
Tliis was near the present bridge on Elm street. Twenty- 
five pounds was raised for the purpose. Amos Ilall. Eben- 
ezer ISIerritt, and Aaron Buel were chosen building committee. 
This bridge was not built until 1776- 


The first covered bridge was erected at Kelleyville in 1S39. 
Previous to this, bridges across the river were made with 
string pieces, supported in part by trestle work standing 
in the stream ; and more or less of them were swept away 
by nearly every spring freshet, thus subjecting the town to 
inconvenience and expense. 

Canals. The " Connecticut and Merrimack River Canal," 
which was to extend from the Connecticut up Sugar river, 
through this tovv^n, Sunapee, New London, Wilmot, and An- 
dover, was surveyed in 182S. The project had many friends, 
and was w^armly advocated by the press, and in speeches at 
public meetings, but was finally abandoned. 

Railroads. The N. H. Central Railroad, connecting Man- 
chester and Windsor, Vt., and the Concord & Claremont Rail- 
road, were incorporated at the June session of 1S48. The for- 
mer was built as far as Henniker, and the latter as far as 
Bradford, when in January, 1S53, the two incorporations were 
united by the legislature, and took the name of the Merrimack 
& Connecticut River Railroad. In the fall of that year a large 
and enthusiastic meeting was held in town to promote the in- 
terests of the new corporation. A committee, consisting of N. 
Mudget, D. Richards, and M. Glidden, was appointed to solicit 
the taking of bonds. Fifty thousand dollars was the amount 
assigned to Newport ; but Claremont refusing to take its 
$100,000, the amount thought to be its share, the matter was 
abandoned. The Sugar River Railroad was incorporated in 
1S66. The road is now known as the Concord & Claremont 

At a meeting held May 9, 1S66, the town voted, 192 to 70, to 
give any responsible party that would construct a railroad from 
Bradford to Newport, $45,000, which was five per cent, on the 
total valuation of the town. Subsequently $20,000 more was 
raised by individuals for the same end, making in-all $65,000. 
The contracts for building the road were made in 1870. Mr. 
A. M. Shaw, of Lebanon, was appointed construction agent, 
and Mr. R. S. Howe, of the same town, engineer. Mr. Howe 
has since removed to this town. The first ground broken in 
the grading of the road in town was near the passenger depot, 
at sunrise, on the morning of May 31, -1870. A large crowd 


was present, and tlie general joy of our citizens was manifested 
b}' the cheering of the multitude, the ringing of the bells, and 
the firing of cannon. Seth Richards, Esq., struck the first pick, 
and Dr. Mason Hatch wheeled the first barrow of dirt, — two of 
our oldest and most respected citizens. Tlie track was laid to 
the depot, and the first train of cars passed Main street on 
the evening of Nov. 21, 1871, cheered by a jubilant throng of 
spectators. The first regular train from Bradford to Claremont 
through town was on tlie morning of Sept. 16, 1S72, which 
event was duly celebrated at Claremont. 

Road Steamer. The " Fairy Qiieen," a road steamer man- 
ufoctured by Mr. E. M. Clough, of Sunapee, made its first ap- 
pearance in our village Sept. 11, 1S71, by trips around the pub- 
lic park ami up and down Main street. 

Stages. Tlie first line of stages in Newport ran between 
Windsor, Vt., and Boston, passing through this town by way 
of Washington, making a trip each way once a week. It was 
established in 1S18. Its appearance was hailed as an advance 
step in the progress of the town, and excited almost as much 
interest as did the first railroad cars at a later period. People 
came from distant parts of the town to witness the event. Short- 
ly after, another line was added by Joseph Dewey, of Hanover, 
which ran from his place over the Croydon turnpike, and 
formed a junction with the other line at our village. Not being 
sufficiently patronized, it was soon given up, but was started 
again, in 1S28, by Capt. John Russ. This renewal the Wind- 
sor line chose to regard as an infringement upon their right to 
carry all the passengers from Hanover. A sharp compe- 
tition at once arose, and went to such lengths that Russ 
carried his passengers for a wliile for nothing, and the W^ind- 
sor line on tlie same terms, and, in addition, paid their ^rog- 
bills at the taverns. About the same time with the other 
two, another line was started to Boston by way of Bradford and 
Henniker, and in 1S29 still another from Concord to Albany, 
N. Y. Some year or two later the Woodstock and Lowell line 
commenced its trips, running at a ditlerent hour of the day from 
either of the others. The daily lines of stages to Acworth, 
Sunapee, and Croydon were started at the opening of the rail- 
road in 1S71. During the last half century, by far the largest 


amount of staging has been done over the route now occupied 
by the Concord & Chiremont Raih'oad. 

Our account of staging would be incomplete should we fail 
to make some reference to that jolly set of fellows known as 
drivers^ who, with reins in hand, bravely endured the muds of 
spring, the heats of summer, and the chilling blasts of winter, 
cracking their whips and their jokes. 

Among the principal drivers on the Lebanon route were War- 
ren Ryder, Stephen Williams, and A. P. Welcome ; on the 
Washington route, Benjamin Simpson, Warren Ryder, andjei'- 
ry Hubbard ; on the Claremont route, Samuel Vose, W^ard B. 
Royce, a Mr. Judevine, Oscar J. Brown, H. A. Perry, and Pren- 
tice Welcome ; and on the Bradford route, Samuel Vose, Mr. 
Robbins, T. J. Eastman, Chester Averill, H. A. Averill, and 
H. A. Perry. The stageman who will be the longest remem- 
bered is probably Mr. Chester Averill, who for a quarter of a 
century was noted for his careful driving and his attention to 
the wants of his patrons, and whose gentlemanly bearing and 
keen wit never failed to transform his bitterest rivals into warm 

The palmiest days of staging were after the completion of 
the Concord Railroad, and before the inauguration of the Sulli- 
van road, when we had six stages, loaded to their utmost ca- 
pacit}', passing through town every day. The team of Mr. 
Oscar J. Brown, driven at this time, composed of six beautiful 
white horses, fat and sleek, was a source of much pride and 
satisfaction, especially to the young ladies and gentlemen, to 
whom he granted occasionally a sort of triumphal excursion 
about town. 

Livery Stables. John Russ, Seth Richards, William Car- 
ter, Milton Glidden, Charles W\ Jenks, A. P. Welcome, A. S. 
Dill, J. Hosley, M. B. Bartlett, H. A. Averill, J. W. Ladd, 
George F. Watts, M. S. Jackson, Putnam George, Frank Nich- 
ols, S. A. French, and O. P. Brown have each in turn been 
keepers of livery. 

Teams. The early settlers, during the first years in their hard 
struggles with the wilderness, lived almost wholly within them- 
selves, raising their own provisions, and manufacturing their 
garments from wool and flax of their own production ; but when 


more of the land had come under cultivation, the skill and in- 
dustry of the people produced more than was sufficient to sup- 
ply the demands for home consumption, and the surplus sought 
other markets. This trade was carried on by what was after- 
wards known as "pod teams"; — that is, a farmer, upon the 
fall of the first snows of winter, would take a span of horses, or 
a yoke of oxen and sled, on which were loaded his beef, pork, 
butter, and cheese, a bag of oats for his team, and a bucket 
of provisions for himself, and make a trip to Boston or Sa- 
lem, where he would exchange them for salt, tea, coftee, or 
whatever else the family might desire. But with the increase 
of trade, there began to grow up a division of labor, and larger 
teams were put upon the road, and teaming became a business. 
In 1833 there were six large teams of heavy horses making reg- 
ular trips between this place and Boston. Leonard Richards, 
David Carr, and Aaron Clark had each a six-horse team, and 
Norman McGregor three eight-horse teams. During this pe- 
riod our roads and hotels were constantly thronged, from sun- 
rise to sunset, by large teams jostling each other on their way 
to and from Vermont to Boston. This continued until the com- 
pletion of the railroads to Claremont and Bradford, when travel 
and freijrht were diverted to other channels ; after which, two 
six-horse teams, the one driven by William Bachelder, and 
the other by W. J. Sanderson, were able to meet the wants of 
the community until the completion of the railroad through the 
town. The first team in town was owned and run for several 
years by Alvin Hatch (afterwards a merchant), who sold out 
to Leonard Richards. William Carr, T. B. Richards, and D. 
D. ^luzzey were also teamsters. 

Job Teams. Jesse T. Cobb started the first job team in 1870. 
Since then, George F. Whitney and David J. Remmington 
have run them. 



' I ^HE numerous streams, and more especially the main river, 
-L through which flow the waters of Sunapee lake, furnish 
the town with an abundance of water-power, and rare oppor- 
tunities for manufactures, which have been well improved. 
Prior to 1830 nearly every farm-house was a manufactory, 
with wheels, looms, and other appliances, and these were 
aided by the carding-machine and the cloth-dressers. Since 
then it has assumed its present form, and has been steadily in- 
creasing until it has become, with the exception of agriculture, 
by far the most important branch of business in town, and has 
contributed most materially to promote the growth and pros- 
perity of the village. The following is a brief sketch of each of 
the mills. The golden harvest of manufacturers was during 
the civil war, when their products were in great demand for 
the soldiers, and commanded the highest prices. 

Newport Mills. Col. James D. Walcott erected a build- 
ing in 1813, on the site now occupied by the establishment of 
W. L. Dow & Co., for the manufacture of cotton yarn. After 
running it for several years, he sold out to Hon. Franklin Si- 
monds, who continued the business until 183 1, when the fac- 
tory was burned. It was rebuilt, and occupied as an oil-mill 
until 1S44, when Ingram & Parks put in machinery for making 
broadcloths and cassi meres. It was afterwards known as the 
Eagle Mills, and was occupied by Solomon Dean for the 
manufacture of flannels. He sold to Abiathar Richards, on 
whose hands, in Nov., 1S72, it was burned. 

The whole amount of cloth produced annually at this and 
the Eagle Mills, the only ones in operation July i, 1S46, 
was, as reported by a committee at the celebration that year, 


43,525 yards, worth $43,000, thus showing the extent of 
manufacturing business in town at that time. 

In 1S70 Mr. Dean employed in tliis mill, according to the 
U. S. census, fifteen hands, wages, $6,000 ; used 75,000 pounds 
of wool and cotton ; and made 140,000 yards flannel. lie used 
300 cords of wood, and $1,500 worth of dyestuff. 

The Eagle Mills were built by Farnsworth, Durkee & Co., 
in 1822, for an oil-mill : subsequently Breck & Co. fitted it up 
for the manufacture of cotton yarn. In 1S35 several individuals 
formed a company, and by act of incorporation were known as 
the Newport Mechanics Manufacturing Company, for the man- 
ufacture of satinets, which company, after running some two 
years, failed. Parks & Twitchell took the mill in 1S38, and 
commenced making cassimere. Two years after, Mr. Twitch- 
ell bought the interest of Mr. Parks, and continued the business 
until 1844, when he enlarged the building, and put in machin- 
ery for making broadcloths, satinets, cassimeres, tweeds, flan- 
nels, and fancy cloths. Mr. Twitchell did a very successful 
business for more than a dozen years, but became embarrassed, 
and in 1S54 sold out to the Eagle Mills Company. After run- 
ning it several years, they sold to William Nourse, who had a 
successful business during the war. He sold to S. H. Edes 
and Amos O. Woodbury. After one year Mr. Edes became 
the sole owner of the mills, and has since continued the business. 
In 1870, by the U. S. census, Mr. Edes employed seventeen 
hands, wages, $6,500 ; used 76,000 pounds of wool and cotton ; 
produced i 50,000 yards of blue mixed flannels ; and used 350 
cords of wood, and $3,000 worth of dyestuft'. 

SuNAPEE Mills. Smith & Rockwell commenced the man- 
ufacture of satinets in 1S32, at a factory standing at the falls at 
the bridge near the residence of A. C. Fletcher, above the 
Sugar River Mills, which was built originally for a clothiers' 
shop. The building was burned in 1835, ^'""^^ another was soon 
after erected in its place. This was occupied by Philo Ful- 
ler, for the manufacture of worsted yarn, until 1839. It was 
destroyed by fire the following year. 

The Diamond Mill, standing at the corner of Main and 
River streets, was built in 1836 for a machine-shop, but has 
been occupied for several years as a flannel mill. The machin- 


ery was first put in by Jordan & Marsh, of Boston, and was 
operated by D.J. Goodrich. It has since been run by Dexter 
Richards, George S. Coffin, and George C. Richardson. In 
1876, the machinery was removed to the Granite Mills. In 
1S70, Geo. S. Coffin employed nineteen hands, used 80,000 
pounds of wool and cotton, and made 190,000 yards flannel. 
Amount of wages paid, $13,000. 

The Sugar River Mills were built in 1847 by Perley S. 
Coffin and John Puffer. Mr. Puffer sold his interest to David 
G. Goodrich, and he in turn soon after sold to Seth and Dexter 
Richards. Mr. Seth Richards having retired from the com- 
pany, his son. Dexter Richards, and Mr. Coffin, continued the 
business until 1S67, when Mr. Coffin retired. During the war 
their goods were in great demand. The establishment was 
greatly enlarged and improved, and they had a most prosperous 
business. In 1S70, by the U. S. census, Mr. Richards em- 
ployed sixty-two hands, wages, $18,000; used 250,000 pounds 
of wool and cotton ; made 800,000 yards flannel ; used 500 
cords of wood, and $7,000 worth of dyestuff". In 1872, Seth 
M. Richards was admitted as a partner with his father. The 
following is a brief summary of this mill in 1878 : 

Dexter Richards & Son, proprietors. Capital, $150,000. 
Dexter Richards, president ; S. M. Richards, superintendent; 
A. B. Chase, clerk. Employs eighty-five operatives. Run 
eight sets cards, Francis Foote, overseer; forty-four narrow 
looms, B. F. Peasley, overseer ; fifteen spinning-machines, H. 
M. Ingram, overseer; coloring and finishing, Patrick Herrick, 
overseer. Manufacture 900,000 yards gray twilled flannels an- 
nually ; use 280,000 pounds cotton and wool. Selling agents, 
Lewis Brothers & Co., Boston, New York, and Philadelphia. 
Trade mark, D. R. P. In this mill eleven hours constitute a 
day's work. 

The Granite State Mills were built in 1867 by Perley 
S. Coffin and William Nourse, and have always been occupied 
as a woollen manufactory. They employed, in 1870, as by U. 
S. census, forty hands, wages, $18,000; used 266,000 pounds 
of wool and cotton ; and produced $600,000 yards of blue- 
mixed twilled flannels annually. They used 700 cords of wood 
and $20,000 worth of dyestuff". In 1S76, this mill was enlarged 



to more than twice its former capacity. It now (187S) em- 
ploys 100 ojDcratives, uses 45,000 pounds raw stuff' per month, 
has nine sets of cards and forty-eight looms, and manufactures 
30.000 yards seventy-two inch skirting and 15,000 yards ilan- 
nels per month. 



' I ^HE following is a list of the other principal manufactures, 
-*- and the artisans who have lived and practised their vari- 
ous trades in town, so far as ascertained, given as nearly as may 
be in the order of time in which they operated. 

Bakers. Mr. C. Boyle had a bakery for a short time at the 
building now occupied by the Fairbanks & Royce store, com- 
mencing in 1832. Muzzey & Carr, the present operators, com- 
menced here in 1877. Previously tiie public wants in this 
direction had been supplied by the bakers at Keene, Clare- 
mont, Hanover, and St. Johnsbury, Vt. 

Barbers. Elkanah C. Sweet established the first barber- 
shop in town, in the autumn of 185S. D. W. Watkins, a Mr. 
Bundy, and William Jones have since had shops here for a brief 
time. Rufus S. and G. Freeman Dudley, the present opera- 
tors, commencing in i860, have, by their skill, attention to busi- 
ness, and financial tact, placed it among the prosperous indus- 
tries of the town. 

Bedsteads. Bedsteads were made to quite an extent by 
Willard Harris and William Lowell, in their cabinet shops ; 
but the more extensive manufacture, for foreign markets, was 
introduced by Nutting & Buxton, who had ample machinery 
fitted up for this special business. They have been succeeded 
by Leander Long, J. H. Hubbard, W. W. Hubbell, and Rufus 
P. Claggett. 

Blacksmiths. Seth Chase had the first shop in town, at 
the E. Noyes place at the foot of Claremont hill. Another shop, 
among the earliest, stood on Pine street, half way to the cor- 
ner, north. The business has since been carried on in various 
parts of the town: Samuel Church, Samuel Church, Jr., and 


Jonathan Church, near the place where now stands Wheeler's 
block; Enoch Woods, James D. Gordon, David B. Chapin, D. 
D. Chapin, at the M. Harvey corner; Sargent Heatli, a Mr. 
Bailey, Andrew Walker, C. M. Brown, and C. A. Maxfield, on 
River street; Riicl Keith, Rucl II. Keith, Charles Lathrop, 
Elias Lathrop, Lucius Lathrop, Isaac Woodliury, Jacob Wood- 
bury, John B. Cooper, Charles Kelscy, and E. Wilkins, at tlie 
Woodbury shop on Sunapee street ; M. Campbell, a Mr. Bug- 
bee, and Joel McGregor, at old Baptist hill, near the present res- 
idence of Hillard Rowcll ; David Fletcher, Alanson Fletcher, 
William Atwood, and Jonathan Emerson, Jr., at Northville ; 
Flanders & Dame and Benjamin Noyes, at the Granite Mills; 
John Parmelee, at Southville ; Jacob Dwinell, at Kelleyville ; 
Jonathan Wakefield, at the Dea. Kibby place; David B. Cha- 
pin, Chapin & Cooper, Chapin & Kelsey, and Lear & Maxfield, 
at the D. B. Chapin shop on Elm street. Charles and Lucius 
Lathrop have a shop near their residence, opposite the trotting- 
park, on the road to Sunapee. 

Bobbins. Anson Warren had a bobbin-shop at Northville 
for a number of years. Wilcox & Keith had a shop at Nortli- 
ville and at Diamond mill. 

Book-Binders. Edmund Wellington was engaged in book- 
binding and paper-ruling for a number of years. 

Bkick-Makers. David Brown made the first bricks in 
town, in 1776. Jeremiah Kelsey, Roswell Kelsey, Henry Feck, 
Benjamin Emerson, Clark Emerson, Oliver Emerson, and Cy- 
rus Emerson made brick at the N. Mudget yard on Sunapee 
street ; C. Peck, O. Emerson, Caleb Young, and Joseph Wil- 
cox, at the Wilcox yard on Spring street ; J. M. Wilmarth and 
James Stone & Son, at the B. W. Jenks place at the corner of 
Oak and Pine streets ; Albert Hurd, at his home on the Goshen 
road. A Mr. Bachelder made brick in the marsli above tlic 
school-house in District No. 14, in iSii and 181 2. 

Builders. W. L. Dow & Co., since the erection of their 
large factory in 1873, have been extensive contractors and 
builders. They employ some forty hands, and fill contracts 
amounting on an average to some $75,000 a year. They 
have operated in various states. Cliurch-building, of which 
they have done a large amount of tasteful work, has been their 


specialty. They built the new court-house in this town, and 
are now filling a contract for the wood work of the new New 
Hampshire state prison. Their operations have been an im- 
portant element in the prosperity of the village. 

Butchers. Seth Richards, Allen Towne, Edward Ingham, 
Samuel F. Chellis, Hai-vey Richards, Freeman Chellis, A. F. 
Nettleton, Edward P. Woods, Rufus P. Claggett, Putnam 
George, Benjamin Coles, B. C. Whipple, L. F. Dodge, D. G. 
Chadwick, F. A. Rawson, George F. Livermore, George F. 
Watts, Charles H. Silsby, Henry M. Kimball, Wiggin & Brit- 
ton, and John B. Haven have operated here as butchers. 

Cabinet-Making. Asa Corbin, a brother of Dr. James 
Corbin, who had a shop near the brick-yard on the B. W. Jenks 
place, was the first cabinet-maker in town. jNIaj. Willard Har- 
ris was one of the earliest workers, commencing in iSoS at the 
Enoch Noyes place. From 1S20 to 1837 cabinet-making was 
one of the most extensive and successful branches of business 
in town. Joined with this, to a greater or less extent in sum- 
mer, were carriage-, sign-, and house-painting. There were 
then two large rival shops, — the one occupied by William 
Lowell, in which was employed a large number of hands, 
stood upon the site now occupied by the Rounsevel tannery ; 
the other, run by Maj. Willard Harris, employed some fifteen 
hands, and operated in the Samuel E. George building. His 
machinery was propelled by water, by means of a long belt 
which extended from an ell down to the pond. An undergi'ound 
sluice-way, now hid, carried away the waste water, and afford- 
ed an eight-foot fall. The shops were both run by finished 
mechanics, and turned out a large amount of nice work. Among 
the workmen were Leander Long, Moses Hall, Sumner Millen, 
Francis Gay, Simon Dodge, Samuel Dame, Harvey Silver, 
Horace Ellis, William Dunklee, David Batchelder, Amos Dwin- 
ell, Samuel E. George, Elias J. Severance, and Washington 
Cressy, Dame & Howe had a chair factory at the Diamond 
mill. James L. Riley, R. P. Claggett, Putnam George, S. N. 
Stevens, William W. Hubbell, James H. Hubbard, and C. F. 
Osgood & Co. have been dealers in cabinet work. 

Card-Board. Royal Booth had a card-board shop at the brook 
near Randall's mill. It was shortly burned, and never rebuilt. 



Carpenters and Joiners. Ebenezer Meirit, one of the 
first eight men who came to town in 1766, was by trade a car- 
penter. Daniel Wihnarth, Thomas Tenney, Jonathan Haven, 
Loa Walker, John Gilmore, J. M. Wilmarth, Benjamin M. 
Gilmorc, Win. Darling, Ilial Dow, Wallace L. Dow, Wilber F. 
Dow, S. S. Ingalls, S. P. Whitney, D. G. Reed, E. D. Baker, 
E. D.Taylor, John Tnrner, S. T. Trumbull, William II. Badg- 
er, Harlan P. Hunter, Daniel W. Dudley, Elmer Dodge, Ar- 
thur W. Clark, Israel Young, Frank Latimer, Charles Currier, 
Frank H. Davis, Sanford H. Bascom, Benj. F. Haven, Charles 
Wilkins, Charles H. Matthews, Edwin H.Wakefield, Benj. R. 
Allen, S. S. Cram, Christopher George, Edward vStevens, Ed- 
win Cutts, Charles Hutchinson, Edwin H. Tenney, Thomas 
Heald, James Perkins, Henry Tenney, Luther P. Tenney, Mar- 
tin L. Whittier, Oliver Call, Moody E. Blood, have been en- 
gaged in the business. 

Carriage-Makers. The first one-horse wagon was brought 
to town in iSii,by Capt. Matthew Buel. The first chaise 
made in town was for Col. W"m. Cheney, Mr. Daniel Wilmarth 
making the wheels and Willard Harris the remainder of the 
wood-work. j\Ir. Wilmarth made the wheels for the carts and 
w^agons for many years. Zacheus Bachelder, John Bachclder, 
Orlando Mack, William Thompson & Co., CD. Dunbar, J. 
W. Clement, Wm. H. Dunbar, H. H. Silsby, S. T. Silsby, 
James S. Heath, Byron C. Heath, Hunter Brothers, Bela C. 
Pike, Edward Wilkins, and James K. Pierce have been en- 
gaged in the business. Heath, Lathrop & Halpine once did 
an extensive business, making manv verv elesfant carriages for 
this and other markets, at the shop below the village saw-mill, 
on River street. 

Carriage Painters. Maj. David Harris, Terrey Halpine, 
T. L. Heath, L. D. Baker, Sidney A. Williams, Stocker Bros., 
and Jolm Sargent are among the principal workmen. 

Cloth-Dressing. During the first half-century, the people 
were all almost wholly clad in homespun, women as well as 
men, and wool-carding and cloth-dressing was a very important 
branch of business. The first cloth-dresser in town was Reuben 
Bascom, who commenced business in 177S. He lived at the 
Bascom place on the Unity road, and had his shop at the up- 


per falls on the Goshen Branch at Southville. His son, Reuben, 
Jr., learned the trade of him, and succeeded him in business at 
the same place. Nathan Hurd built a mill about 1800, at the 
falls near the residence of A. T. Fletcher, on the Sunapee road, 
where he carried on an extensive business for more than twen- 
ty years. He sold to Elisha Kempton in 1822. It was pur- 
chased by Philo Fuller, who introduced machinery for the man- 
ufacture of satinets. It was afterwards owned by Oliver Corn- 
stock and Smith & Rockwell. The present Scribner's mill 
was built by Osha Ingram and Simon C. Fields, in 1822, for a 
carding and cloth-dressing mill, where they carried on business 
for many years. It has since been owned by John Puffer, Da- 
vid J. Goodrich, and John Scribner. 

Comb-Maker. Hiram Smith had a shop for the manufac- 
ture of combs at the Diamond mill. 

Coopers. Daniel Chapin was the first cooper in town. He 
commenced in 17S1, on the place since occupied by his son 
Frederick, in the north-west part of the town, and carried it on 
in connection with his farming. Previous to 1830, work of this 
kind was done by hand, and Jonathan Haven and Cyrus B. 
McGregor were prominent among the workers. Moses P. Dur- 
kee and Cyrus B. McGregor built a dam and shop at the upper 
bridge over the brook at Northville in 1831, where they made 
barrels and tubs for the Boston market. In 1S32 they sent 
away some 2,000 barrels. Since Mr. Durkee's death, the work 
in the shop has been carried on by Mr. McGregor, who invent- 
ed the patent for shaving and jointing staves. King & Chellis 
had a shop at the Diamond mill, at the village, where they 
made mackerel kits. H. & W. L. Dow had a pail and tub fiic- 
tory on the site now occupied by the Allen mill, at Northville, 
where they did quite an extensive business. In 1870 they made 
iS,ooo tubs and pails. They have since operated at their fac- 
tory in the village. 

Designers and Draughtsmen. Henry E. Baldwin, in 1850, 
and George S. Barton, in 1856, were engaged in business as 
draughtsmen, the former also an engraver on wood. 

Doors, Sash, and Blinds. Alpheus Goodwin built the 
upper dam and shop above the B. F. Haven mill, on Morse 
brook at Northville, for a sash and blind shop, and carried on 


business there several years. Gilmore & Clark and Lorenzo 
Whittemore had shops at the carriage factory on River street. 
The establishment of W. L. Dow & Co. was built in the autumn 
of 1873, since which time they have done a large amount of 
business in that line. 

Dress-Making. The following are a few among the many 
ladies who have had a reputation for extra taste and skill at 
dress-making : Mrs. P. S. Adams, Mrs. E. C. Clement, Mrs. 
George E. Little, the Misses Barrett, and Mrs. George H. 

Gunsmith. Vinal W. Goodwin for several years kept a 
stock of arms and ammunition for sale, and was engaged in 
the repair of arms. He was succeeded by C. T. Palmer. 

IIame-Makers. Rev. Joseph Baker, a Methodist clergy- 
man at Northville, had a shop at the J. Jones place, and was 
the first man to establish the business in town. He was fol- 
lowed in the same place by Schuyler Smith. Benj. F. ILiven 
carried on quite an extensive business for a number of years at 
his mill at Northville. 

Handles. The fork- and hoe-handle business has been car- 
ried on by Jonathan M. Wilmarth, L, F. Dodge, and Leander 
Long, at the J. M. Wilmarth place on Oak street, and by Geo. 
E. Wilmarth and E. M. Alexander at the shop near the village 
saw-mill on River street. Li 1S74, Mr. Dodge made 100,000 

Hatters. James Church, one of the earliest settlers, made 
hats at his house, which stood on the site of the E. A. Jenks 
residence. Nathaniel Fisher had a shop at the E. Noyes house. 
Nathan Moulton also made hats. James White made hats at 
the house of Maj. Wilcox, on the Unity road, as early as 17S4. 
Benjamin Mirick was the first man to operate at the trade 
within the limits of the present village. Amos Little, first, 
when a young man, in connection with Thomas Rundlett, and 
afterwards alone, had a successful business through life, sup- 
plying a large region of country around him. James and 
Moody Bricket, brothers-in-law of Mr. Little, Bela N. Cham- 
berlin, and Charles H. and George E. Little, sons of Amos, 
have also been engaged in the business. 
Jewelers. As elegant and costly jewelry did not correspond 


with the homespun attire of our mothers, and was not needed 
to add to the charms of the daughters, it was little used by 
them. Dr. Arnold Ellis, who was a sort of universal genius, 
took care of their clocks and watches, and supplied the wants 
of the community in tliis respect. He was succeeded by John 
Dunklee, who had a shojo at the Harvey corner. Jacob Beck- 
with, at the Nettleton store, was the first man in town who made 
eight-day clocks. Benjamin Tuell and Benjamin B. Gush- 
ing opened shops here in 1S30. The former soon left town, 
while the latter remained here some eight years. In 1841 
Amos Woodbury came to town, and opened a shop. When 
he left, Hiram Smith, S. G. Sweatt, and Amos O. Woodbury, 
son of Amos, came to take his place. Since then, Lyman Carr, 
Orison N. Hull, A. O. Kidder, a Mr. Hallett, C. W. Graham, 
George H. Woodbury, and E. P. Fisher have been engaged in 
the business. Mr. A. O. Woodbury has been the most prom- 
inent worker, and has carried on the business for more than 
thirty years. The present attractive establishments are those 
of A. O. Woodbury & Son and E. P. Fisher. 

Knitting. James M. Kenerson, in 1S73, operated twenty- 
five knitting-machines, and knit So,ooo pairs of stockings. 
Charles H. Kelsey put out 66,000 pairs of stockings for heel- 
ing and toeing in 1873, and J. Barnard 50.000. John Scribner 
has been engaged in the manufacture of stockings for a number 
of years at his mill on Canal street, producing at the rate of 
75,000 pairs annually. 

Marble-Workers. W. E. Moore, a fine mechanic, opened 
the first marble shop in town in 1S54. -^^ ^^^^ been succeeded 
in business by Charles H. Puffer and Mitchell W. Howe. Mr. 
Puffer still continues in the business. 

Granite-Workers. Stephen H. Hurd, Walling & Son, 
Jonathan Blake, Daniel Severance, Puffer & McQiiestion, and 
David Leach have been the prominent workers. 

Masons. Jonathan Wakefield was the chief operator for 
many years. John Silver did most of the mason work on the 
early brick buildings. The South church, court-house, and old 
Newport House were erected bv him. Among the other work- 
men are John Silver, Jr., Samuel Noyes, James and Joseph 
Karr, Geo. H. Tasker, and J. W. Sargent. Tradition says 


Mr. Wakefield was a moderate worker, and tluit the massive 
chimneys of his day contained many thousand bricks. Once, 
when rebuked for his slow progress, he replied that he always 
made it a rule, when the job was half done, to take a note with 
interest, and he had found it a great help. 

Machine Shop. The building now known as the Diamond 
Mills was erected by Stephen W. Little, in 1S36, for a machine 
shop, he being aided in his enterprise by Alvin Ilatcli ; but the 
revulsions in the business which occurred at that time brought 
things to a stand-still, and labor in the shop was suspended be- ' 
fore the machinery was all fairly in. Subsequently the busi- 
ness was carried on for a while by Moses Hoyt, in the same 
building. Stephen S. Kimball, the present operator, com- 
menced here in 1S75. 

Millinery. The first milliner in town was Mary Nevers, 
wife of Matthew Buell, 3d, who is recorded as having especial 
skill in the arrangement of the head-gear of the belles of her 
time. For many years milliners kept no goods, but simply 
made into bonnets and hats such materials as their customers 
brought them, which were usually obtained at the stores. A 
Miss Pierce advertises, in 1825, — "Bonnets, caps, turbans, 
gowns, spencers, pelisses, walking and riding dresses, London 
and Boston fashions." The following is a list of the principal 
milliners : Hannah Hale, Sophia J. Person, "Lydia Forsaith, 
Susan Wilcox, C. Wood, E. L. Webster, R. T. Angell, Parme- 
lia Kurd, Elizabeth Jenks, Thankful M. Newell, Caroline L. 
Nutting, Nancy M. Thissell, Fanny Woodard, Dean S. Clem- 
ent, Jennie Hurd, INIrs. L W. Parker, A.J. Prescott, Mrs. A. 
D. Howard, Bell A. Dunlap & Co., S. H. Edes, and Abby 
Foote. The frequent changes of fashion, and the demand for 
high-cost goods, which originated during the inflations of the 
civil war, have tended greatly to enhance the importance of this 
branch of trade. 

Musical Instruments. David Lyons, the "inn-keeper," 
made an organ which was kept at his house at the Claggett 
place for many years, which was used to entertain his patrons. 
Dr. John B. McGregor made a double-bass viol, in 1S33, to be 
used at the South church. Luther King carried on quite a 
business in the manufacture of bass-viols. 


Painters. William Lowell, Samuel E. George, William 
A. Humphrey, W. S. George, Clifton C. George, Daniel Blais- 
dell, and E. J. Graves are among those who have been en- 
gaged in house-painting. 

Pegs, S. G. Bret had a factory at Northville quite a num- 
ber of years, where he manufactured some 15,000 bushels of 
shoe-pegs annually, which he sold at $1.50 per bushel, amount- 
ing to $32,500, 

Photographers. Before the invention of the Daguerrean 
art, most likenesses were preserved by portrait-painters, who 
operated on canvas with oil-colors, B, F, Mason, E, Wool- 
son, and a Mrs. Shute executed most of this kind of work here, 
— that of the latter having the most admirers, Christopher 
Rowell, V. W. Goodwin, O, P. Baston, G. W, Goodrich, J. 
Parker, and H.J. Brown have each been engaged here in the 
photograph business. 

Plows. William Haven made the wood-work for most of 
the plows previous to the introduction of the cast-iron mould- 
board and point. The wooden mould-board was covered with 
pieces of old iron. The plows of the early days were clumsy 
affairs, when compared with those of modern times. 

Potash. The pot- and pearl-ash manufacture was at one 
time quite a business in town. Potash was made at the foot of 
Claremont hill, at the Claggett place on the Unity road, on the 
hill beyond the Griffin place, known once as Potash hill, at the 
foot of the hill near the Sunapee line, on the hill road, and at 
the A. S. Kibby place. Col. William Cheney made pot- and 
pearl-ash at a building in rear of his store. 

Rakes. The manufacture of hand-rakes by water-power has 
long been an important branch of business in town. It was 
first introduced here by Norman McGregor in 1833, who had 
a shop on Kimball brook, just west of the residence of ISIr. A. 
Wylie. The lathe for turning the handles was invented by 
James Haven, of this town. The business has been carried on 
at Northville since, by James and B. F. Haven, Daniel C. 
Story, John Johnson, N. O. Page, David Fletcher, Jr., and H. 
P. & J. M. Wakefield. Henry Chapin had a shop on Perry 
brook, in the west part of the town, and afterwards, in connec- 
tion with A. W. Tenney, had a shop at Southville, on the 


Goshen Branch, where they made some 2,500 rakes annually. 
The shop of J. M. Wilmarth, below the village, built in 1S39, 
has always done a thriving business. Since his day it has 
been owned by Peyton R. Gardner and L. F. Dodge. Pre- 
vious to the use of water-power, rakes were made by hand. 
Tames Whipple, at Southville, was the principal manufacturer 
for several years. N. O. Page & Son, in 1870, made at North- 
ville 6,000 rakes. E. M. Alexander has a shop near the vil- 
lage saw-mill. 

Saddlers. Saddle-, harness-, and trunk-making, and horse- 
findings, has, during nearly the whole history of the town, been 
one of the important and successful industries. In the earlier 
days, saddle-making was the more prominent branch, but in 
later times there is less of that, and more of harness-work. 
Capt. Oliver Lund, the pioneer in tlie business, came to this 
town, on horseback, from Nashua, in 1797, bringing his kit 
of tools with him, guided on his way by marked trees, and 
here spent nearly the whole of his long life at his trade. Asa 
Wilcox learned his trade with Mr. Lund, and went West. 
Thomas Wait, a good mechanic, had a shop here for a number 
of years, but he had sad domestic afflictions, which resulted in 
serious pecuniary embarrassments. James Wheeler, a son of 
Dea. Nathaniel Wheeler, of Croydon, was here from 1S16 until 
his death, in 1S33, and did a thriving business. William P. 
Wheeler spent much of his minority with his uncle James, and 
at his death assumed the responsibility of the business, though 
only twenty years of age ; but at the end of five years he turned 
his attention to law, graduated at the Harvard Law School, 
and went into the practice of his profession at Keene, N. H. 
He was succeeded by David H. Hale, a son of Dr. William 
ILile, of Hollis, who, at the end of two years, sold out, and 
went to California. Edmund Wheeler, who had commenced 
his trade with his brother, William P., in 1833, purchased the 
establishment of Mr. Hale in 1839, and had a successful busi- 
ness, which he continued until 1866, a portion of tiie time in 
partnership with Granville Pollard, when he sold out to G. & 
E. A. Pollard, the present owners. Nathaniel F. Lund was in 
business with his father for a short time. William F. Young 
was with Mr. Hale and Mr. Wheeler a number of years, but 


went to Lowell, Mass., where he became an editor. He subse- 
quently became a merchant in Boston, where he now resides. 
Edwin R. George was here some five years, when he sold out 
and went to Bristol. Giles O. Thompson, now in business at 
Franklin, was with Wheeler & Pollard four years. Bela G. & 
Charles R. Jones had a shop in town for a while. Charles H. 
Watts commenced here in 1S64. Hamlet W. Belknap was with 
Mr. Watts as a workman. Silas B. Call, a son of Stephen, 
learned his trade, and was with E. Wheeler four years, when 
he .went to San Luis, Obispo, Cal., where he has had a success- 
ful career, and amassed a fortune. 

Shingles. The first shingle-machine introduced into this 
town was by Abijah W. Tenney, in 1830. It was Earl's pat- 
ent, and was put into the Parmelee mills, at Southville, where 
it was run for several years. Stephen Parker had a machine at 
the Diamond mill for a short time, where shingles were cut, in- 
stead of being sawed ; ash timber, steamed, was used. Ma- 
chines for sawing shingles have been introduced into neaidy all 
the saw-mills in town, and it has become an extensive and 
profitable business. 

Shirt-Bosoms. Story & Clement manufactured shirt-bosoms 
at Wheeler's block in 1S59. 

Shoemakers. Daniel Dudley was the first shoemaker and 
tanner in town. During the earlier years Nathaniel Sheldon 
and others went about from house to house doing the shoemak- 
ing, the people where they went furnishing the stock. Rev. 
Bial Ladoyt and Robert Durkee made shoes at the old Baptist 
Hill village, above the H. Brown place. David Wheeler, Syl- 
vanus Knapp, and Isaac Hanson worked at Northville ; Levi 
Sholes and Hutchison Sholes on Thatcher hill ; John Hunton, 
Daniel Dudley, John Russ, Calvin Messenger, Chase Noyes, 
Amos Noyes, Luke Atwood, Sawyer Belknap, William H. 
Belknap, Abijah Dudley, F. P. Dudley, C. E. Dudley, Joseph 
T. Chase, Ethan S. Chase, Alvah S. Chase, Dean S. Clement, 
B. C. Logue, Silas Kempton, E. M. Kempton, Charles Rich- 
ards, Francis Boardman, and Daniel F. Patch at the village. 

Silk. The mania for the raising and manufacture of silk 
prevailed here between 1S38 and 1850. It was introduced by 
Calvin Messinger. The first mulberry used for the raising of 


silk not proving satisfactory, it was soon supplanted by the 
Morus 7njilticaiilis^ in which for a time there was a wild spec- 
ulation. Mr. Messinger and the Rev. John Woods built a large 
cocoonery, in which they fed the worms. vSilk was manufac- 
tured into thread, twist, handkerchiefs, vests, aprons, and dress 
patterns. Dea. Henry Chapin, in the north-west part of the 
town, raised silk, and was engaged in its manufacture by water- 
power. During the year 1S40 he manufactured a large quan- 
tity from silk from the worm. John Pufler & Co. had a ftictory 
at the Scribner mill, where they made a large quantity of thread 
from raw silk, domestic and foreign. Rev. John Woods and 
Amos Gleason had a factory at the Diamond mills for a num- 
ber of years. Col. Jacob Rcddington and Amos Little, Esq., 
w^ere also engaged in the business and speculations ; — l)ut the 
climate proving too rigorous for the successful production of the 
article, the business was abandoned. In 1S43, Amos Little, 
Esq., wore to the legislature garments made of silk of home 
production, in which he presented a petition praying for bounty 
and protection to silk producers. 

Stoves and Tin. L. Baldwin & Co. had a stove and tin 
shop, standing at the east of Wheeler's block, in 1S29. Seth 
Richards furnished the stoves for this communit}' for a number 
of years. Wood «& Orvis opened the first important manufac- 
ture of tin and stoves in town in 1S43. It has since been car- 
ried on by Mr. Orvis, Robinson & Orvis, Jacob Robinson, Rob- 
inson & Wilcox, Sibley & Hatch, C. Wilcox & Son, Hatch & 
Stowell, and S. G. Stowell & Son, and has become an impor- 
tant business. 

Scythes. The manufacture of scythes by water-power was 
first introduced into this town by Stephen Dexter, previous to 
17S7. His shop was just below the village grist-mill. David 
Dexter was connected with him for a while in the business. 
When ;Mr. Dexter removed his business to Claremont, he sold 
out here to Ruel Keith, who in turn sold to Samuel Church, Jr. 
John Parmelec, who learned his trade with Mr. Dexter, had a 
shop at the falls in the south part of the town, where he con- 
tinued in business until his death. Sylvanus Earned built the 
factory at Northville, in 1S42, where he carried on business, a 

part of the time in connection with Mr. Sibley, until his death. 


They were succeeded in business by Sibley & Dunton. Since 
the termination of their partnership, Mr. Sibley has carried on 
the business. In 1873 he rebuilt and greatly enlarged his man- 
ufactory, and admitted his son, Frank A., as a partner. In 1870 
Mr. Sibley employed 14 hands, used nearly 44,000 pounds of 
steel and iron, and made 30,000 scythes ; — wages paid, $7,500. 

Tailors. William Brittain, the first tailor in town, began 
his labors as early as 1774, by making leather breeches, going 
from house to house to do his work. Samuel Church soon 
after opened the first shop for the business near the Call place. 
For many years the work was done mainly by females, Eunice 
Comstock being prominent among the workers. Dr. Arnold 
Ellis was among the early operators. Naylor Starbird com- 
menced as early as 1S28, and spent most of his life here. J. H. 
Fuller, H. P. Gront, C. C. Chadborne, F. Kelley, L. H. Chase, 
Ira Mitchell, B. F. Tibbetts, L. White & Co., William Alex- 
ander, J. W. Clement, A. V. Hitchcock, John O. Hobbs, M. 
W. Burke, and John Lyons have since been engaged in the 
business. It is now a very important branch of trade. In 1870 
Mr. Hobbs employed ten hands, and Mr. Hitchcock eight. On 
the death of Mr. Hobbs, in 1S75, Messrs. Moony & Meserve 
purchased his large stock, and continued the business at Rich- 
ards block. Young & Hutchinson opened an establishment 
in Wheeler's block in 1S76, where they have had a liberal 

Tanners. Tanning, during the earlier days, was not so 
much of a business as at the end of the century. They had no 
large establishments, little machinery, few conveniences, and 
far less skill than at present. It was a slow, laborious process. 
They had each only a few vats. Their bark was crushed by 
hand in a samp mortar, which consisted of a hole made in a 
rock, in the form of an old-style iron kettle, into which was 
thrown the bark, which was beaten up by a long, flat stone, with 
a smooth round end, called a pestle. Upper-leather was tanned 
during the summer, and curried in the winter, while sole- 
leather, after being handled during the summer months, was 
barked down for the winter, and was a whole year in tanning. 
Hides were most frequently tanned for the farmers upon shares. 
Of the men who operated during this period, we might name 


Jonathan Comstock, who tanned at Kelleyville ; Nathaniel 
Fisher, at the foot of Claremont hill ; Moses P. Durkce, at his 
house, at the H. Brown place, in the north part of the town ; 
Levi Sholes, on Thatcher hill, at the A. G. Savory place ; and 
John Ilunton, where the Phcnix hotel now stands. 

At a later period the business was confined to the limits of 
the present village. Improved machinery and new processes 
had been invented. The bark was now crushed by means of 
a large stone in the form of a mill-stone, but much larger. 
Through tlic centre of this stone was passed a horizontal shaft, 
or axle-tree, one end of which was attached to a central post, 
around which it revolved. To the other end was attached the 
horse. Upon a platform, underneath the circle marked by the 
stone, was placed the bark ; and while a boy drove the horse, 
the man was engaged in shoving the finer particles to the cen- 
tre, while he raked the coarser pieces under the track. The 
operators at this time were Luther Henderson, at the E. 
Wheeler house, and the upper tannery ; A. M. Woodard at the 
Phenix hotel ; and John Ilunton, Moses P. Durkee, Ira Dwin- 
ell, and John B. Stowell, at the lower tannery. 

During the subsequent time, dating back a full third of a cen- 
tury, since the introduction of chemicals, the steam boiler, by 
Asa Richardson, in iS35,the fulling mill, splitting-machine, and 
other radical improvements, and increased capital and facilities 
for transport, large quantities of foreign hides have been brought 
to town, the products of which have been sent to Boston and 
other markets. It has been one of the most important and suc- 
cessful brandies of business in town. Since then the business 
has been confined to the present localities. The lower tannery 
was originally built by John Hunton. It has been carried on 
successively by John Hunton, ISIoses P. Durkee, 1S26 ; Ira 
Dwinell,John B. Stowell, 1S2S; Asa Richardson, Charles R. 
Beard, Hunton & Jones, Hunton & Dill, John W. Hunton, Roun- 
sevel & Jackson, and at present by Lyman Rounsevel. The 
original building having been burned in 1S6S, it was rebuilt 
the same year by John II. Ilunton, on a much more extensive 
and substantial plan. 

The upper tannery, built by Luther Henderson, has been 
owned since by William Mitchell and F. W. Henderson, John 



McCullough, Alpheus Pierce, Jabez Thompson, Cheney Chase, 
Benjamin F. Sawyer, Hunton & Ladd, and John H. Hunton. 

The capital employed in the two tanneries in 1870 was 
$30,000; number of hands, 24; pay-roll, $11,000; value of 
products, $76,000. 

Turning. Col. Jacob Reddington had a shop at the Dia- 
mond mill, where he turned all sorts of wooden vv^are. Adams 
Dickey once had a last factory at the same place. 

Wallet-Makers. Oliver Lund and James Wheeler for 
many years supplied this community with wallets and pocket- 
books. Nathaniel Cooper, and afterwards John Boyd, had a 
shop devoted to the manufacture of wallets. William O. Hop- 
kins had a manufactory of wallets and pocket-books in Wheel- 
er's block, commencing in 1S63, employing some twelve hands 
in the shop and thirty outside stitchers, doing a business of 
$20,000 a year. 

Whips. Norman McGregor for several yeai-s carried on an 
extensive manufacture of high-cost whips at his shop near the 
A. Wylie residence at Northville. 

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TN the year 1770, a colony came, mainly from Worcester 
-^ county, Mass., and settled in the north-western portion of 
Newport and the south-western portion of Croydon. These 
were many of them members of Baptist churches, or Baptists 
in sentiment. Hence the name of Baptist hill, as the long rise 
of sfround was then called which lies north of Northville on the 
old road leading to Croydon, on which was a school-house 
where they met to worship. 

In 1779, Rev. Caleb Blood, of Marlow, addressed a letter to 
the Warren Association, by which they were induced to send 
two missionaries into New Hampshire, to labor a few months 
in the western section of the state. Rev. Job Seamans, of 
Attleborough, Mass., and Rev. Bial Ledoyt, of Woodstock, 
Conn., were selected to perform this service. 

In May of the same year a small number of the followers of 
Christ were organized into a church, and recognized as the 
Baptist church of Newport and Croydon. It was, however, 
soon after known only by its present name, — Newport church. 
The constituent members were as follows : Seth Wheeler, Elias 
Metcalf, William Haven, Ezekiel Powers, Mrs. Seth Wheeler, 
Mrs. Elias Metcalf, Mrs. William Haven, and Mrs. Nathaniel 
Wheeler. Seth Wheeler, a man of marked ability, was chosen 
deacon. Elder Ledoyt was installed as first pastor of this 
church, Oct. 3, 1791. Elder Job Seamans, afterwards of New 
London, preached on the occasion from Acts 20 : 20. 

In i79S,the church erected a house of worship forty-four feet 


square, adjoining the cemetery at Northville. The following 
description of this church edifice, and the worship and habits 
of the people, as they appeared in iSio, is from the pen of the 
late Baron Stowe, d. d., of Boston : 

I am in that plain edifice, with a superabundance of windows and a 
porch at each end, with its elevated pulpit, sky blue in color, overhung 
by the sounding-board ; with the deacon's seat, half-way up the pulpit, 
with the square pews occupied by families, with a gallery containing 
one row of pews fronted by the singers' seats. There is the horse- 
shed ; there is the horse-block ; there are the horses, with men's sad- 
dles and pillions, and a few women's saddles, but not a carriage of any 

On occasions of baptism, the whole congregation would go down the 
hill, and, standing in a deep glen on the banks of Sugar river, would 
witness the ceremonies. 

Elias McGregor played the bass-viol, Asa, a brother, led the choir, 
and his sisters Lucy and Lois sang soprano and alto. In that choir 
were Asaph Stowe, Moses Paine Durkee, Philip W. Kibbey, and more 
than one of the Wakefields. 

In the year iSoo, Elder Ledoyt requested and received his 
dismission. Soon after, Rev. Thomas Brown, formerly of Mor- 
ristown, N. J., became pastor. During his ministry there was 
an extensive revival, in which the whole town shared. He 
was dismissed in 1813. 

In 1815 Rev. Elisha Hutchinson, a.m., formerly of Pomfret, 
Vt., accepted a call to this church, and was ordained in Decem- 
ber of the same year. He was pastor of this church about three 

In 1S16 there settled in town a young man by the name of 
Solomon Howe, who was an Arminian in sentiment, and who 
opposed Mr. Hutchinson in his views of divine purposes. By 
his discussions he created sorrowful dissensions. The breach 
continued to widen, until the disaffected and larger party with- 
drew, and formed an independent Baptist church, with Mr. 
Howe as their pastor. 

In 181 8 a few resolved to make one more vigorous effort to 
maintain the visibility of the church. These sent delegates, 
with a letter, to the association then sitting at Mount Holly, 
Vt., and were recognized instead of the opposing part}'. 


Mr. James Parsons, of Boston, who was ordained by this 
church, October 7, 1S19, as an evangelist, preached for some 
months with great success. He was followed by Bradbury 
Clay, of Nottingham West, N. H. The converts "universally 
ascribed both their conviction and conversion to the sovereign 
mercy of God, through tlie mediation and intercession of his 
Son. All consented to the law, that it was good, and to grace, 
that it was free." This revival proved the death-blow to those 
opposing the divine purposes of God ; and but a few years in- 
tervened before most of them came humbly back to the fold, 
where they were gladly received. From Nov. 8, 1S18, to Sept. 
30, 1819, no united with the church. 

A revival began in June, 1820, in the academy, which was 
under the care of W. Shcdd, of Boston. From the academy it 
spread to the village, where "old and young, rich and poor, 
the rigid moralist and the abandoned profligate, indiscriminate- 
ly shared in the forgiving mercy of God." As a result of this 
awakening, twenty were added to the church. The church 
and society were incorporated in June of this year (1820). 

During the summer of 182 1, through the active labor of Col. 
Cheney, who had been recently converted, they erected a house 
of worship at the village, its dimensions being 64 by 44 feet. In 
March the materials were in the forest, and in June the building 
was raised without accident. It was dedicated Oct. 11. Rev. 
J. Elliot preached the dedicatory sermon from Haggai 2 : 9. 

In July of this year (1821) the Rev. Ira Person, of Hartland, 
Vt., began his labors with this people. He proved to be the 
most successful pastor they have ever had. Dm-ing this his 
first pastorate, which ended in the year 1S34, iie''^i'ly two hun- 
dred were baptized. 

For about nine months from this time the pulpit was sup- 
plied by Edward Peterson. Some time in the spring of 1836, 
Rev. Orin Tracy came here from New London. He preached 
for about two years. 

In the spring of 1S38, the question of slavery became a 
fruitful source of contention. Bro. Person, seeing their need 
of a pastor, left his field of labor in Chester, Vt., to restore, by 
the blessing of God, harmony to this people. In the month of 
September, Rev. Mr. Grant came here as an evangelist. He 


preached for six weeks, and after a little the revival began with 
power. Bro. Grant was followed by Rev. Mr. Walden, who 
preached with great success. Brethren then felt it a privilege 
to come day and night, from distant portions of the town, that 
they might render to God a tribute of praise and worship. 
This revival resulted in the addition to the church of 129. 

Air. Person served the church, in this his second pastorate, 
four years and eiglit months. In all, his labors extended over 
a period of eighteen years and eight months. During this time 
some 400 united with the church, — about 350 by baptism. 
Father Person, having retired from active labor of nearly sixty 
years, lives in this town, where lie councils the church, and 
still continues to pray for the prosperity of Zion. [See Gene- 

Mr. Person was followed by Joseph Freeman, d. d., of Cav- 
endish, Vt., who remained here about four years. The Rev. 
Wm. M. ^Guilford became pastor in 1S47, and resigned in 1S51. 

Rev. P. S. Adams, of Georgetown, Mass., was installed over 
this church Nov. 15, 1S51. Several were baptized the following 
month ; eleven in 1S52. The following year became a season 
of marked interest, during which ninety were added to the 
church. Mr. Adams remained here until Sept. 21, 1S56, when 
he was, at his own request, dismissed to the church in Brattle- 
borough, Vt. 

The Rev. James Andrews was installed June iS, 1S57, ^^'^'-^ 
resigned in August, 1S5S. Rev. Mylon Merriam became pas- 
tor Oct. 17, 1858, and resigned Sept. 4, of the next year. Rev. 
W. H. Watson began his labors here in May, 1861. His res- 
ignation was presented and accepted the following month. 

In April, 1S63, the church extended a call to David James. 
He accepted their invitation, and was ordained June 3. Dur- 
ing the 3'ears 1864 and 1865 there were seventeen additions. 
He closed his labors here in 1866. 

Mr. James's successor was Rev. Foster Henry, who entered 
upon his charge July 8, 1S66. In 1867 and 1S6S a good, com- 
modious parsonage was built. In 1870, the church edifice was 
rebuilt, at an expense of $8,Soo. Tiie corner-stone was laid 
July 8, 1870, by the now venerable Mr. Person. The house 
was dedicated Dec. 7, of the same year, there being present 





thirty-four persons who witnessed the dedication of tlie former 
house fifty years before. The pastor, Mr. Henry, preached 
the dedicatory sermon, from Haggai 2 : 9. Bro. Henry con- 
cluded his labors after a pastorate of six years, in which twenty- 
one by baptism and ten by letter were added to the church. He 
removed to North Bennington, Vt. [See Genealogy.] 

The Rev. Halsey C. Leavitt, a native of Gouverneur, N. Y., 
commenced his labors here Oct. i, 1S73, and closed his pastor- 
ate Sept. 39, 187S. [.Sec Genealogy.] 

The new vestry was erected in 1S74, at a cost of about 

The following is a list of the deacons : 

Seth Wheeler, 
Ellas Metcalf, 
Asaph Stowe, 
William Cheney, 
Josejih Farnsworth, 

Israel Kelley, 
Timothy Fletcher, 
Jeremiah Nettleton, 
Abel iMetcalf, 
Parmonas Whitcomb, 

James Tandy, 
Jonathan Cutting, 
Austin L. Kibbey, 
Henry A. Jenckes. 


In June, 1766, eight young men, from Killingworth, Conn., 
came into the town of Newport (chartered five years be- 
fore), to form a permanent settlement. On the first Sabbath 
after their arrival they met under a tree, and there united in 
praising God, by prayer and song and reading his word. It is 
a remarkable fact, tliat since these young men met under that 
tree, to the present time, the Congregationalists have never per- 
mitted a Sunday to pass without meeting for religious worship. 
The early settlers, after that first meeting, met for six or seven 
years in a private house, where they listened to one of their 
number, who conducted the religious exercises, and read ser- 
mons from printed volumes. 

In 1773 a house was built, to be used for religious worship 
on the Lord's day, and as a school-house during the week. 
Thus we see that the fiathers of the town were desirous of 
building upon Christ and a sound education. The character 
of these early settlers was such as to attract attention, and they 
soon received considerable accessions to their number. 


Few details of these early times have been preserved. It is 
certain, however, that prior to the 26th of June, 1775, the peo- 
ple had obtained the services of a regular preacher ; for it is 
found recorded that upon that day a committee was appointed 
to confer with Mr. Eliezer Sweetland, to see if he was willing 
to preach the gospel in Newport " for some time longer." 

On May 4, 177S, a vote was taken to instruct a committee to 
confer with Rev. Thomas Kendal, " to see if he will return to 
this town as soon as he can with convenience, after he hath ac- 
complished his purposed journey." 

On March 15, 1779, a committee was appointed to make ap- 
plication to Rev. Mr. Hall, of Keene, to look out for a man to 
settle over the proposed church. 

On Oct. 28, 1779, a meeting was held by the Congregation- 
alists to organize a church. The Rev. Aaron Hall, being the 
only minister from abroad, acted as moderator. Aaron Buell 
was chosen scribe. Articles of faith, form of covenant, and 
rules of discipline were adopted and signed on that day, by 

Robert Lane, Josiah Stevens, Mary Stevens, 

Daniel Dudley, Benjamin Giles, Esther Lane, 

Daniel Buell, Esther Buell, Chloe Wilcox, 

Aaron Buell, Susanna Dudley, Mary Buell, 

Elias Bascom, Lydia Hurd, Jane Buell. 

Matthew Buell, Eunice Bascom, 

On Dec. 6, i779' ^ committee was appointed to confer with 
Mr. Tracy, and " desire him to tarry and preach the gospel A^ 

four Sabbaths longer, if they could discern a probability of his B 

settling, or a disposition in him to settle with the people of this " 

town as a preacher at some future time, if circumstances admit- 
ted of it ; if not, to proceed." The people, though they were ex- 
tremely desirous of having a settled minister, would not insist 
too much upon Mr. Tracy's coming. It seems that Mr. Tracy 
" proceeded " on his way, for we find, shortly after this, that a J 

young man, Mr. Samuel Wood, was invited to preach ; and at 
a meeting held Aug. 7, 1780, it was voted to ask the above- 
named gentleman to preach " two Sabbaths longer on proba- | 
tion." On the 24th of the same month, a call was given to 

RELIGION. 1 1 5 

Mr. Wood. He was ofiered £ioo as settlement, and £45 per 
year as salary, which was to be increased £5 per year until it 
reached £70. This call was not accepted. 

It would seem, judging from the hints given in the records, 
that the revival, which took place shortly after the formation of 
the church, was during the stay of Mr. Wood. As the fruit of 
this refreshing, about thirty were added to the church. 

After this, Jan. 22, 17S3, the church and town having a short 
time before given him a call, the Rev. John Remele was in- 
stalled as the first pastor of tlie Congregational church. He 
was dismissed Oct. 10, 1791. During this year an effort was 
made " to procure Mr. Bliss, or any other gospel minister, to 
preach the gospel in this town during the ensuing summer, or 
any longer or shorter term, as he may think proper." 

On Nov. 7, 1 79 1, it was voted that some land be procured 
from Mr. Absalom Kelsey, for the purpose of erecting a meet- 
ing-house upon it. Christopher Newton, Jeremiah Jenks, Phin- 
eas Chapin, Samuel Kurd, and Aaron Buell were appointed 
a committee to superintend the work. On Nov. 23, of the 
same year, the town voted to accept the doings of the meeting- 
house committee, and also voted to raise £200 for the purpose 
of defraying the cost of the above-mentioned house. This was 
in due time erected, and stood for many years upon the cone- 
like hill west of the present village. 

Four years passed away without a pastor. It seemed as if 
the Lord had forgotten his people ; but he had not. Mr. Abijah 
Wines was raised up from the ranks to lead the host. He left 
his farm, and entered the ministry Jan. 5, 1796. Many still re- 
member that tall, large form. He was a good student and a 
successful pastor, for during his twenty-one years of work in 
this place the church enjoyed three revivals, and 212 were add- 
ed to it. On. Nov. 26, 1S16, Mr. Wines was dismissed. [See 

Two years after, Dec. 2, iSiS, a young man from Dartmouth 
college, Mr, James R. Wheelock, a son of the late distinguished 
President Wheelock, of that institution, was ordained over the 
church. He was a man of talents, sensitive and enthusiastic, 
it may be impulsive. That he was a hard worker may be seen 
from the fact that during his little more than four years' stay — 


for he was dismissed Feb. 13, 1S23 — 148 were added to the 

It was during Mr. Wheelock's ministr}', in 1822, that the 
present large and beautiful edifice was erected, which shows 
that the people then were far in advance of their time in liber- 
alit}', sentiment, and taste. James Breck, Hubbard Newton, 
Capt. Elkanah Carpenter, and Caleb Heath were appointed the 
building committee, they building the church, paying the bills, 
and depending upon the sale of pews for reimbursement. 

On Jan. 28, 1824, the Rev. John Woods, who had been pas- 
tor of the church in Warner, was installed over this church. 
For more than a quarter of a century this man of scholarly 
ability preached to this people. During his ministry 329 were 
added to the church. Near the close of his pastorate there re- 
sulted an unfortunate division, which for a time made the dear 
old church a target for the enemies of the cross, who, with sar- 
casm in the words, said, " See how these Christians love one 
another ! " A large number, including several leading members 
of the church, withdrew from its communion, and uniting with 
others, who were Methodists in sentiment, formed the present 
INIethodist church. 

Time and grace have smoothed, it is hoped, the asperity of 
feeling. The daughter, though she walks not according to the 
polity of the mother, still retains some of the old Puritan leav- 
en, and, with this and the " Roger Williams element" which 
she had drawn in, she has been the means of reaching many 
who otherwise would not have come under the sound of the 
gospel. The good Lord since then has brought order out of 

On tlie same day, July 16, 1851, that the old pastor, Rev. 
John Woods, was dismissed, a young man, Henry Cummings, 
who had graduated not long before from Andover, was ordained. 
He came during a time of discouragement, when the church 
seemed weak. Although young and comparatively inexperi- 
enced, he had, to counterbalance these, a hearty love for Christ, 
a sound mind, and an earnest desire to do good. Near the be- 
ginning of his ministiy, the interior of the church was repaired. 
The old pews were cut down, the floor raised, the pulpit low- 
ered, and other changes made. Some time after Mr. Cum- 



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mings's ordination, God's spirit was poured out upon this 
church, and also upon the other churches of the place. There 
are many who can testify to the purity of life, the devotion and 
love, of Mr. Cummings : 170 were added to the church during 
his ministry. He was dismissed July 35, 1S66, and immediately 
after was settled over the Congregational church in Rutland, 
Mass., where he still remains. 

In the summer of 1S67, a young man, G. R. W. Scott, then at 
Andover, ^vas invited to preach a year to this people. He ac- 
cej^ted. During this year he was invited to settle as pastor. 
This invitation also he accepted, and was ordained Sept. 17, 
1S6S. He was dismissed Dec. 7, 1S73. — [He was an enthusi- 
astic worker, and drew a full audience. Is pastor of a Con- 
gregational church at Fitchburg, Mass. — Ed.] 

During the summer of 1S69 the interior of the church edifice 
underwent a complete change, at an expense of nearly $S,ooo. 
The old pews on the floor and in the gallery were taken out ; 
new circular pews, made of chestnut and trimmed with walnut, 
were placed on the lower floor, while some of the old pews, 
handsomely refitted, were made to do service again up stairs. 
The ceiling and walls were beautifully frescoed. A circular 
platform, made of chestnut and walnut, was built, upon which 
was placed an elegant walnut desk, the gift of the pastor. 
These, together with the chairs, carpet, etc., are the furnish- 
ment of the east end ; while the large and handsome organ, the 
gift of Dexter Richards, Esq., is the attraction in the west end. 
Many other important improvements were made. 

The present chapel was erected in 1S71, at a cost of $6,000. 

During the last years of Mr. Scott's pastorate, many were 
added to the church, thus showing that God has not forgotten 
to be gracious. 

Immediately on the dismissal of Mr. Scott, the church and 
society obtained the sei"vices of the Rev. E. E. P. Abbott, a na- 
tive of Concord, who supplied the desk until March, 1S75, 
when he accepted a call to settle as their pastor. He was 
installed March 34, 1S75. 

The present parsonage was built by individual subscription, 
in 1S77, at an expense of $3,500. 



Josiah Stevens, Josiah Stevens, Jr., Dexter Richards, 

Jesse Wilcox, Sylvanus Hurd, Rufus P. Claggett, 

Uriah Wilcox, Joseph Wilcox, Francis Foote. 

Moses Noyes, David B. Chapin, 

EInathan Hurd, Henry Chapin, 

The fiftieth anniversary of the establishment of the Sabbath- 
school, in connection with this church, was observed January 
9, 1S69. 

Elkanah Carpenter, at his death, left a fund for the promo- 
tion of Christianity, which was to be used at the discretion of 
the pastor of the Congregational church. This fund was dis- 
posed of under the direction of the Rev. Mr. Woods. 



The history of Methodism in Newport is replete with inter- 
est. The space allotted us, however, will permit us to give 
only a brief synopsis of it. 

Some sixty or seventy years since, Peter Wakefield, then a 
member of the Baptist church, rejected the doctrine of the per- 
severance of the saints. All eflbrts to reclaim him failing, he 
was expelled from their communion. At the time he had never 
heard a Methodist sermon nor read a Methodist book, yet 
he was really the founder of Methodism in Newport. The 
first Methodist preacher he heard was Elijah Hedding, since 
bishop, who at that time preached occasionally at Sunapee. 
Father Wakefield invited him here, and probably he preached 
the first Methodist sermon in Newport. In 1S30 a class was 
formed, consisting of six persons. They wei"e supplied by 
preachers of the Goshen circuit. Eleazer Jordan, Guy Beck- 
ley, John Cummings, Daniel Lee, Amos Kidder, Joseph Baker, 
John L. Smith, Nathaniel Ladd, and Chester W. Lewis occu- 
pied, in turn, the pulpit most of the Sabbaths from 1S29 to 

In 1S40, or about that time, objections were made to the use 
of the school-house by the Methodists for religious services, in 


consequence of which Father Wakefield built a chapel at Xorth- 
ville, which is now standing, as good as new, and open for the 
use of all evangelical Christians. In 1843 the Miller excite- 
ment, which swept over the country, robbed this infant society, 
then in a flourishing condition, of all its male members except 
Father Wakefield and Brother N. O. Page. It seemed to them 
the setting of the sun ere 'twas noon. It was, however, only 
the interception of a dark cloud. Methodism had not accom- 
plished its mission here : it was not to be confined to the north 
portion of the town, but was to occupy a more central position, 
from whicli,its light might radiate. Circumstances arose in the 
Congregational church which caused a secession of those ^leth- 
odists who had joined it for the want of a church of their choice 
in the place, and also of many other highly respectable mem- 
bers. These proposed a permanent union with the Methodists 
at Northville, which being consented to, they asked the New 
Hampshire conference for a preacher. Accordingly, in May, 
1S50, Warren F. Evans was stationed among them. The Uni- 
versalist chapel was secured as a place of worship. A good 
congregation was gathered. On the 30th of October, 1S53, a 
society was organized under the discipline of the M. E. Church, 
consisting of N. O. Page, J. B. Hurd, N. Batchelder, F. Kelley, 
James Baker, Abner Whipple, Jacob Robinson, Joseph Sawyer, 
Jr., T. A. Twitchell, Elnathan Hurd, Henry Chapin, and their 
associates. Steps were taken to erect a church edifice. A cen- 
tral site was selected ; and such was the progress of the work, 
that, Dec. 25, 1S51, they were able to dedicate their house to 
the w^orship of Almighty God. Bro. Evans remained two years. 
They have since enjoyed the pastoral care of Sullivan Holman, 
A. C. Manson, J. W. Guernsey, D. P. Leavitt, John Currier, 
James Thurston, S. G. Kellogg, C. M. Dinsmore, Chas. Young, 
C. W. Mellen, Charles E. Hall, Elijah R. Wilkins, O. H.Jas- 
per, and A. W. Bunker. 

A good religious interest, with occasional conversions, has 
characterized the society from the beginning. Gracious revival 
influences visited it in the years 1S53, 1S53, and 1S69. In 
1S54 grounds were purchased and a parsonage built, at an ex- 
pense of about $z,ooo. Since then the church and grounds 
have been enlarged, an organ purchased, and improvements 


made to the amount of nearly $5,000. With such a record ot 
prosperity ; with a congregation Large, intelHgent, appreciative ; 
with a Sabbath-school in a flourishing condition ; and witli a 
church membership of over two hundred, many of w^hom are 
eminent for their spirituality, — we are led to ask, not only 
"What hath God wrought.^" but, What will he not accom- 
plish with this powerful agency for good.'' 

The New Hampshire conference of the M. E. Church was 
held here in May, 1853, and again, in April, 1S73. 

Freewill Baptists. The Freewill Baptist chui'ch, which 
held a very conspicuous place in town for many years, had its 
origin, in 1S16, in a division of the Baptist church, then at North- 
ville. This division resulted mainly in diverse opinions in re- 
gard to what were deemed essential articles of faith. Becom- 
ing dissatisfied with their pastor, the Rev. Elijah Hutchinson, 
who preached the doctrine of fatality too strongly to suit them, 
the large body of the church and congregation withheld their 
support from him, and procured the services of the Rev. Sol- 
omon Howe, who was a disciple of Arminius. A council was 
called, and, after a patient hearing, decided that the Rev. Mr. 
Hutchinson and his adherents, holding more nearly to the true 
church doctrines, were entitled to be considered as the church. 
Whereupon the admirers of Mr. Howe and his doctrines, cut off 
from the church by their belief and by the action of the council, 
organized as a Freewill Baptist church. Under the ministra- 
tion of Mr. Howe, and subsequently that of Rev. Elijah Watson, 
the church had full congregations, and enjo3-ed a large measure 
of success. The Rev. Mr. Goodale succeeded Mr. Watson, and 
continued to preach until after the introduction of Methodism, 
when a portion of the church united with that order, and the 
organization, in 1S34, w^as given up. The following year, 
mainly through the labors of the Rev. L. H. Stevens, formerly 
of Weare, it was renewed, and continued for several years. 

Among the difficult problems to be solved in the separation 
of the church was the question as to which side was entitled to 
occupy the house. The contest was for a wdiile quite animated ; 
and from Sabbath to Sabbath the question was solved for the 
day by allowing the first on the ground to occupy the pulpit for 


the day, wliile the others would retire to the school-house for 
worship. The question was finally settled, when Mr. Hutchin- 
son and his friends removed their place of worship to the new 
church at the village, and left Mr. Howe the undisputed occu- 
pancy of the house. 

For many years Nathaniel Wheeler and Abel Wheeler were 
deacons of this church. They were succeeded in their offices 
by Abel Wheeler, Jr., and Ira Wakefield. 

The quarterly meetings of this church, at which were usually 
present several men of commanding talents, were always sea- 
sons of great interest, and drew crowded houses. 

Mr. Howe, the first preacher, was a native of Hillsborough, 
and was licensed to preach at Washington in iSi3; came to 
this town in 1S15, and was here ordained, July 5, 1S19. He re- 
moved to New York in 1827, and died at Smyrna, in that state, 
in 1S5S, at the age of 72 years. His preaching was plain, easily 
understood, and often startling and pathetic. Mr. Watson was 
a fluent and forcible talker, and quite a revivalist. The Rev. 
David Marks, who died at Oberlin, Ohio, in 1S45, a most elo- 
quent divine, often preached to this church, and was a great 
favorite, though never an ordained pastor here, as we can learn. 

Universalists. The Universalist Society of Newport was 
organized on the nth of February, 1S30. Meetings were held 
at the town hall and court-room until 1S37, ^"^ben their chapel 
was built. Among those who have ministered to this society 
are Revs. John Moore, William S. and Aaron L. Balch, W. S. 
and Levi Ballon, Walter Harriman, Ezekiel Dow, Lemuel 
Willis, Luther Walcott, Thompson Barron, J. T. Powers, and 
Joseph Barbor. They were mostly men of fine talents. Moore 
was afterwards a candidate for governor, and died suddenly at 
Concord. The former Balch became eminent as a traveller and 
lecturer ; Harriman turned his attention to politics, and became 
governor of New Hampshire ; while Powers, whose sermons 
were always adorned with sparkling imagery, became a con- 
tributor to the leading magazines. 

The Unitarian Society was formed Sept. 30, 1S73. Rev. 
G. F. Piper was installed pastor Dec. 10, 1S73. A large share 



of its members had previously belonged to the Universalist so- 
ciety, or had been its patrons, and the meetings of the new soci- 
ety were held in their chapel. Soon after its organization, the 
Hon. Edmund Burke presented the society with a new organ. 
At the close of the year Mr. Piper left, and his place was sup- 
plied by Rev. A. S. Nickerson. During 1S76 and 1877, the 
church was remodelled and modernized. In 1878 the Rev. 
Geo. W. Patten was engaged as pastor. 

Roman Catholic. The first Roman Catholic service in town 
was held in 1S54. Reg^l'^i" services of the church have been con- 
tinued since 1S70. They have a membership of 150. Since 
Dec, 1S73, they have occupied the old Masonic hall, in 
Burke's block, for church purposes. Rev. Father O'Sullivan, 
of Claremont, the pastor, visits them and holds public services 
once a month. 

MiLLERiSM. The old church at Northville was the head- 
quarters for the disciples of the pseudo prophet Miller, for a 
large section of the surrounding country, during the excitement 
which prevailed in the fall and winter of 1S42 and the spring 
of 1843. Here documents were distributed, and here meetings, 
enthusiastic, large, and long-continued, were held. The Rev. 
Mr. Hines and other eminent apostles of the faith, from Boston, 
were present. It is difficult for one, not an eye-witness, ade- 
quately to conceive of the wild frenzy which prevailed, as ap- 
proached the fourth of April, that portentous day when they 
were to see the world enveloped in flames which should burn 
it up and all the wicked, while they were themselves to be 
caught up in the clouds. The impassioned eloquence of their 
speeches, and the thrilling strains of music, in which the whole 
congregation joined, contributed to intensify the feelings of the 
hour. When the day was passed, and the delusion was over, 
most of them returned to their farms and the business which 
they had been neglecting. 

Spiritualists have held circles in town, and for several 
years have had frequent public meetings, which have been ad- 
dressed by mediums and eminent apostles of the faith. Several 
families are adherents to its doctrines. 

Second Advent. The doctrine of a Second Advent has had 



apostles and believers in this town, most of them residing in the 
Northville district. Rev. Calvin N. Fletcher, Rev. William 
W. Soiitherland, and Rev. John B. Libbey are among its more 
prominent teachers. 

Newrport has furnished the following clergymen, natives and 
former residents. A fuller account of them will be found in the 
Genealogy : 


Worthen H. Ames 

John — . Hatchelder 

Bradford Hoardinan 

Simeon Chamberlain 

George F. Chapin 

lason Chapin 

William A. Chapin 

Erastus li. Claggctt 

William Claggett 

George Dustin 

Nathaniel W. Fisher 

Calvin N. Fletcher 

Luther J. Fletcher 

Carlos Gould 

David F. Huntoon 

Enoch Hutchinson 

Elijah Hutchinson 

George Johnson 

Peter Kimball 

Charles Cotton Kimball, D, D 

Milton Kimball 

Lycurgus Kimball 

Alonzo King 

Elias McGregor 

Kendrick Metcalf 

Charles H. E. Newton 

James Hill Parmelee 

Charles Peabody 

Josiah Peabody 

Carey Russell 

Nathaniel Smith 

Josiah Stevens 

Baron Stow 

Jeremiah I J. Walcott 

Lovell Wheeler 

Abijah Winc-i 

John Wilcox 

Carlos Wilcox 












Baptist . 





Amherst... . 



Norwich.. . 



Beloit, Wis 










Columbian . 



Chelsea, Mass. 

Brookfield, Mass. 

Geneseo, 111. 
Crafts bury, Vt. 
Sandusky, O. 
Buffalo, N. Y. 
Geneva, N. Y. 
Lowell, Mass. 
New York city. 
Windsor, Vt. 
Vermo't Conference. 
Rochester, N. Y. 
Erie, Penn. 
Augusta, 111. 
Jacksonville, 111. 
VVestborough, Mass. 
Colchester, Vt. 
Geneva, N. Y. 
Pacific Conference. 
ZanesviUe, O. 
Chicago, 111. 
Isle of Shoals. 
Boston, Mass. 
Auburn, N. Y. 
Hartford, Conn. 

Missionaries. The churches have always taken a lively in- 
terest in the cause of missions, both home and foreign, and have 
contributed generously to their support. The first church, the 
Baptist, at the north part of the town, was gathered by the 
Rev. Bial Ledoyt, a missionary sent here by a society in Rhode 
Island. The first missionary from town was Dea. Josiah 
Stevens, the father of the Stevens family in town. Melvina J. 
Chapin, a sister of Dea. D. B. Chapin, married the Rev. Geo. 


B. Rowell, a graduate of Dartmouth college, and a son of the 
Rev. Mr. Rowell, of Cornish, and went to the Sandwich 
Islands, where they have exerted a beneficent influence upon the 
habits and religion of the natives. 

Elizabeth Forbes, daughter of Charles Forbes, and grand- 
daughter of Col. Wm. Cheney, afterwards wife of Wm. Moore, 
upon her marriage went with her husband as missionary to 
Burmah, where they resided six years. The loss of voice, from 
which he never recovered, disqualified him for the duties of his 
mission, and they returned home. 

Jennie E. Chapin, daughter of Wm. A. Chapin, was sent out 
in 1S71, by the A. B. C. F. Missions, as a missionary to Fekin, 

Charles Preston, son of Margaret, and grandson of William 
McAllister, has been a devoted and efficient missionary in 
China for seventeen years. 

Mrs. Sarah J. Hale has for many years been president of the 
"Woman's Union Missionary Society" at Philadelphia. She 
has written much for the cause, and has made several very valu- 
able reports, which have been printed and w^idely circulated. 
Under her superintendence the society has been most prosper- 
ous, and has been the means of doing much good. 

As illustrating the spirit of our people, it is related that the 
widow of Mr. Simeon Chamberlin, in her very old age, while 
on the verge of the grave, as the last act of her Christian life, 
when her worldly fortune, once abundant, had all been swept 
away by sad reverses, and she reduced to the scantiest penury, 
as the only offering she could make, unravelled a scarf once 
worn by her husband, and, knitting it into stockings, came, with 
a trembling step and a countenance as if radiant with divine 
blessings, and laid them upon the altar of missions. 

Christmas. A public observance of the Christmas festival 
was first introduced into this town by the Universalist society, 
and was kept up by them for several years. It was shortly af- 
ter adopted, and most successfully carried forward, by the 
Methodists. The first recognition of the day by the Congrega- 
tional church was in 1S71, on which occasion the house, then 
newly refitted, was brilliantly illuminated, and a large number 
of valuable presents distributed. 




REV. CARLOS WILCOX [see sketch] was the first of the 
natives of the town to be enrolled among the literary men 
of the country. A volume is extant containing some of his 
more able sermons, together with several of his poems, and an 
account of his life and labors. Among his poems, "The Age of 
Benevolence" and "The Religion of Taste " are productions of 
much merit. The latter of these was pronounced before the 
Phi Beta Kappa Society, of Yale college. Extracts from both 
appear in other literary publications of the coinitry. 

BiiNjAMix Teall, the old schoolmaster, who lived on the 
Unity road, was a sort of poet laureate to the old Republican 
party, of which he was an enthusiastic member. He was a 
Revolutionary patriot, and at ninety years of age wrote many 
beautiful poems, which were published. He was the discover- 
er of Unity Springs, now so justly celebrated, and built there a 
little shelter, where he spent much of his time during the sum- 
mer montlis, and where he composed many of his poems. 

Mits. Sarah J. Hale, wife of David Hale, Esq., and daugh- 
ter of Gordon Buell, has been an editor of the Lady's Book, the 
leading ladies' magazine of the country, for half a century. By 
the high tone and well sustained intellectual vigor of this journal, 
and by her numerous and varied publications during the time, 
both in poetry and prose, — some of them of rare merit, — she 
is entitled to the first rank among the writers of her native town, 
and is among the most distinguished female writers of the 
country. Her "Woman's Record," a volume of nearly a thou- 
sand pages, has passed through several editions, and has been 
widely circulated, both in tliis country am! in Europe. It is 
her most elaborate work, and ranks highest among her prose 


productions; and her poem, entitled "Mississippi," written dur- 
ing the Rebellion, is among her finest poetical inspirations. 
The following account of herself and her works is from her own 
25en, and from "Allibone's Dictionary of Authors:" 

Having been requested by the editor of a work illustrating 
the history of Newport, N. H., to communicate some particu- 
lars respecting myself and family, and feeling a deep interest in 
all that concerns my native town, I submit a few papers on the 
subject, which may interest my early friends and be acceptable 
to the readers of the book. What I have been able to effect, 
having an interest for the public, is chiefly through my writ- 
ings ;— ^-to these, then, my remarks will be principally confined. 

My parents, Gordon Buell, of Killingsworth, and Martha 
Whittlesey, of Saybrook, both towns of some importance in 
Connecticut, removed to Newport, soon after the close of 
the War of Independence. My great-grandfather, Dea. Dan- 
iel Buell, of Killingsworth, was one of the proprietors of New- 
port, and my father settled upon lands belonging to him. This 
land possessed a valuable tract of pine forest. Before the Rev- 
olution, the charter of the town exacted that " all pine trees 
should be preserved for the use of the Royal Navy." I men- 
tion these trees, as they were objects of great interest to me in 
my childhood. This farm of 400 acres was my birthplace and 
home. I had two brothers, older than myself, — Charles Whit- 
tlesey Buell and Horatio Buell, — and a younger sister. My 
parents brought with them into the wilderness of the North 
that love of learning and those strict religious obsei^vances 
which distinguish the inhabitants of the Charter state. But 
good schools could not at once be established in the new settle- 
ments, and I owe my early predilection for literary pursuits to 
the teachings and example of my mother. A few words re- 
specting the influences which have probably caused me to be- 
come the chronicler of my own sex may not be considered ego- 

The books to which I had access were few, very few, in com- 
parison with the number given children nowadays ; but they 
were such as required to be studied — and I did study them. 
Next to the Bible and " The Pilgrim's Progress," my earliest 


reading was Milton, Addison, Pope, Johnson, Cowper, Burns, 
and a portion of Shakespeare. I did not obtain all his works till 
I was nearly fifteen. The first regular novel I read was '• The 
Mysteries of Udolpho," when I was quite a child. I name it 
on account of the influence it exercised over my mind. I had 
remarked, that of all the books I saw, few were written by 
Americans, and none by -wovien. Here was a work, the most 
fascinating I had ever read, always excepting ''The Pilgrim's 
Progress," written by a woman! How happy it made me! 
The wish to promote the reputation of my own sex, and to do 
something for my own country, was among the earliest mental 
emotions I can recollect. This love of country was deeply en- 
graved on my heart, by reading, when I was not more than ten 
years old, Ramsey's " History of the American Revolution." It 
made me a patriot for life. These feelings have had a salutary 
influence by directing my thoughts to a definite object : — my lit- 
erary pursuits have had an aim beyond self-seeking of any kind. 

The moral power of woman, which I had learned to appre- 
ciate from my mother, was strongly influential in my litcraiy 
pursuits, as is apparent in my largest work, ''Woman's Record." 
I sought to make this work an assistant in home education, 
hoping the examples shown and characters portrayed might 
have an inspiration and a power in assisting the moral prog- 
ress of society. Yet I cannot close without adverting to the 
ready and kind aid I have always met with from those men 
with whom I have been most nearly connected. To my brother 
Horatio I owe what knowledge I have of Latin, of the higher 
branches of mathematics, and of mental philosophy. He often 
regretted that I could not, like himself, have the privilege of a 
college education. 

To my husband I was more deeply indel)ted. He was some 
years my senior, and 'greatly my superior in knowledge. We 
commenced, soon after our marriaare, a svstcm of stuilv and 
reading, which we pursued while he lived. The hours allotted 
were from eight o'clock in the evening until ten — two hours in 
twenty-four. How I enjoyed those hours ! In all our mental 
pursuits, it seemed the aim of my husband to enlighten my rea- 
son, strengthen my judgment, and give me confidence in my 
own powers of mind, which he estimated more highly than I 


did. But this approbation which he bestowed on my talents 
has been a great encouragement to me in attempting the duties 
that have since become my portion ; and if there is any just 
praise due to the works I have prepared, the sweetest thought 
is, that his name bears the celebrity. 

The results of my literary labors are treated of in the follow- 
ing article : 

\_Fro7n Allibone's Dictionary of Author s.'\ 

MRS. male's literary PRODUCTIONS. 

Hale, Mrs. Sarah Josepha, formerly Miss Buell, of Newport, New 
Hampshire, is the widow of David Hale, a distinguished lawyer, who 
died at an early age in 1822. In 1828 Mrs. Hale became the editress 
of the Ladies' Maga2i?ie, published at Boston, and discharged the du- 
ties of this responsible position until 1837, when this periodical was 
united with the Lady'^s Book, of Philadelphia. With this well-known 
and truly popular magazine Mrs. Hale has ever since been connected, 
and since 1841 she has been a resident of Philadelphia. The following 
list of this lady's productions evinces an extraordinary amount of literary 
industry: i. "The Genius of Oblivion, and other Original Poems." 
Concord: 1823. 2. "Northwood: A Novel.'" Boston: 1827 — two vols. 
Republished in London, also in New York, in 1852. i2mo. 3. "Sketches 
of American Character." Philadelphia. i8mo. 4. "Traits of Amer- 
ican Life" — 1835. 2 vols., i2mo. 5. "Flora's Interpreter." Boston. 
Reprinted in London. 6. " The Ladies Wreath." Boston. i2mo. 7. 
" The Way to Live Well, and to Be Well while we Live." 8. " Gros- 
venor: A Tragedy" — 1838. 9. "Alice Ray : a Romance in Rhyme" — 
1846. ID. " Harry Guy, the Widow's Son," in verse. Boston: 184S. 
II. "Three Hours; or, The Vigil of Love, and other Poems." Phila- 
delphia: 1848. 12. "The Poet's Offering: edited by Mrs. Hale." 
Philadelphia. 13. " Good's Book of Nature (abridged) : edited by Mrs. 
Hale" 14. "Ladies' New Book of Cookery, and Complete Housewife 
(new edition)." New York : 1852. i2mo. 15. "A Complete Diction- 
ary of Poetical Quotations." Philadelphia: 1852. 8vo. 16. "The 
Judge: a Drama of American Life." 17. "New Household Receipt 
Book — 1853. i2mo. 18. "Woman's Record ; or, Sketches of Distin- 
guished Women from the beginning till A. D. 1850." New York : 1853. 
8vo. New edition. 1856. This work, by far the most important of 
Mrs. Hale's productions, though in some points open to criticism, may 
yet be justly commended as an invaluable manual for the library shelf 
and parlor table. 19. "Liberia; or, Mr. Peyton's Experiments : edited 
by Mrs. Hale"— -1853. i2mo. 20. " The Bible Reading-Book." Phil- 
adelphia: 1854. i2mo. 21. " The Letters of Mme. de Sdvign^ to her 


Daughter and Friends." New York : 1856. i2mo. 22. " The Letters 
of Lady Mary W. Montague — 1856. i2mo. In addition to the labors 
here enumerated, Mrs. Hale has edited several annuals, — "The Opal," 
" The Crocus," etc., — prepared a number of books for the young, and 
contributed enough matter, in the way of tales, essays, and poems, to 
fill several large volumes. 

Since the publication of Allibofie's Dictionary^ Mrs. Hale, 
besides continuing her editorship of the Lady's Book^ has pub- 
lished (23) "Happy Homes and Good Society all the Year 
Round;" (24) "Love; or, Woman's Destiny;" (25) "The 
Mother's Legacie;" and has revised her selections from Mad- 
ame de Si'vignii and Lady Montague. She has also revised 
and enlarged "Woman's Record," which has lately appeared 
from the press of the Harpers. This edition has received spe- 
cial notices from the press, of which we give the following,* 
written by Prof. John S. Hart : 

Woman's Record. By Mrs. Sarah Josepha Hale. 918 pp., royal 
8vo. New York : Harper & Brothers. A third edition of a work of 
such magnitude as this, after so short a time from its first appearance, 
is no sliglit attestation to its solid value. Mrs. Hale has done for her 
sex what Dr. Allibonc has done for British and American authors. By 
long years of patient and persistent labor and research, she has gath- 
ered the authentic evidences of what the eminent ones of her own sex, 
in all ages of the world, have been and have done, and has placed the 
fruits of her labors in this noble and enduring Record. 

We quote the following, not as illustrating the greatest in- 
spiration of her womanhood, — but the one, as showing the early 
footprints of her young muse, and for the local interest it may 
have for all the dwellers upon the borders of the sweet stream 
it commemorates ; and the other, as showing how one, after hav- 
ing passed ninety summers — most of them in active literary 
toil — can yet weave a beautiful garland. 


Let Avon roll with Shakspeare's deathless glory. 
And Thames as smooth as Pope or Thomson glide, 

The Tiber, Hellespont, in ancient story 

Reflect Mars' triumphs, or fair \'enus' pride ; 

While Scotia's every stream can boast its poet, 

Whose Patriotic muse would make us know it : 


Yet what to me are all these puffs and praises, 
Or streams of fame in foreign lands that lie ? 

But my soft-gliding, native river raises 
A thousand images of home-felt joy ; 

And though their names in lofty lays may shine, 

In sweetness they can never equal thine. 

Oh ! may my verse, thy strength and beauty stealing, 
Flow like thy waters, and thy fame extend ! 

Thou minglest with the tide of life's young feeling — 
With thee my earliest recollections blend ; — 

Thy bank my bower, nor Eden's loss was pondered. 

Whilst there in infant innocence I wandered. 

When strengthened reason woke imagination, 
My book, my Croesus wealth, oft borne to thee. 

In some loved nook was sought a fav'rite station, 
The spreading hazel formed a canopy ; — 

The red-breast, sweetest bird that charms our spring, 

Joined his wild warble to thy murmuring. 

Oft from the page mine eye, with rapture glancing. 
Watched the light-springing trout at sportive play, 

Or the bright sunbeams o'er thy dimples dancing, 
Or the blue sky that in thy bosom lay — 

Here, the broad boughs athwart the dark stream waving. 

And there, the wild duck's brood their plumage laving. 

Nor must be past, while thousand thoughts endear 'em, 
Thy Falls, my school-day path so often cross'd ; 

The wonder-hunting traveller would sneer 'em ; 
Beside Niag'ra's, these, be sure, were lost. 

Oh ! might I see that Anakim of wonders. 

And watch its rain-bow'd spray, and hear its thunders ! 

But then I deemed not there could be a vaster. 
When anchor-ice (we called it so) had made 

Thy pent-up waters rage and roar, while faster 

Wliirl'd the white-sheeted foam ; though half afraid. 

Yet many a time I've paus'd to gaze and listen, 

Till on my breath congealed the frost would glisten. 

Those days are gone, and with them gone forever 
Are many a lov'd companion, friend most dear; 

As float the autumn leaves along yon river. 
One moment seen, then eddying disappear, — 


So sink the race of men : thou, in thy prime, 
Still roU'st unmark'd, unmanacled by Time. 

But farewell, now, sweet stream ! In after ages. 
When o'er the world Columbia sits a queen, — 
Sung by her poets, honored by her sages 

(An Athens without anarchy), — then seen, 
And heard, too, shall some bard, though nurs'd on mountains, 
Strike the loud harp that wakes thy triple fountains. 
July, 1822. 


Growing old ! growing old ! Do they say it of me ? 

Do they hint my fine fancies are faded and fled? 
That my garden of life, like the winter-swept tree, 

Is frozen and dying, or fallen and dead ? 

Is the Heart growing old, when each beautiful thing 
Like a landscape at eve, looks more tenderly bright, 

And love sweeter seems, as the bird's wand'ring wing 
Draws nearer her nest at the coming of night? 

Is the Mind growing old, when with ardor of youth 

Through the flower-walks of Wisdom new paths it would try, 

And seek, not for shells from the ocean of Truth, 

But the Pearl of great price, which the World cannot buy? 

Is the Soul growing old? See, the planet of even, 

When rising at morn, melts in glory above : 
Thus, turning from earth, we creep closer to Heaven, 

Like a child to her father's warm, welcoming love. 

Does the mortal grow older as years roll away ? 

'Tis change, not destruction ; — kind winter will bring 
Fresh life to the germ, and perfect it. Decay 

Holds the youth bud Immortal, and heralds its spring. 

Growing old, growing old ! Can it ever be true. 
While joy for life's blessings is thankful and warm. 

And hopes sown for others are blooming anew, 

And the rainbow of Promise bends over the storm? 

Growing old, growing old ! No, we never grow old. 

If, like little children, we trust in the Word, 
And, reckoning earth's treasures by Heaven's pure gold, 

We lay our weak hands on the strength of the Lord. 


Horatio Hale, son of Sarah J. Hale, was author of 
"Wilkes's Expedition Around the World," published in sev- 
eral large volumes by authority and at the expense of the U. S. 
government. His peculiar talents as a linguist caused him, 
while yet an undergraduate at Harvard college, to be selected 
to accompany the expedition. Since his return his attention 
has been divided between literature and the law. 

\_Froiit Allibone's Dictionary of Authors.'] 

Hale, Horatio, b. May 3, 1817, graduated at Harvard college, in 
1837, where he was so highly distinguished for his aptitude in the ac- 
quisition of languages, that whilst still an undergraduate he was select- 
ed to fill the post of philologist to the United States Exploring Expedi- 
tion, commanded by Capt. Wilkes. The result of his learned investi- 
gations will be found in vol. vii, — " Ethnography and Philology," — of 
the series of works which compose the history of that noble enterprise. 
Mr. Hale's intelligent labors have elicited warm commendation from 
highly respectable authorities, both at home and abroad. The distin- 
guished English philologist, Dr. Latham, in his recent work on the 
"Natural History and Varieties of Man," remarks that Mr. Hale's work 
contains " the greatest mass of philological data ever accumulated by a 
single inquirer." The following lines give perhaps as good an account 
of this great work as could be conveyed in a brief description : 

" The first 225 pages are devoted to Ethnography, or an account of the 
customs, religion, civil polity, and origin of the natives of the various 
countries and islands visited by the expedition. The remaining 440 
pages comprise the Philology of the same regions. The various dia- 
lects of Polynesia are treated of under the general head of a comparative 
grammer of Polynesia, followed by a Polynesian lexicon. The languages 
of the Fejee Islands, the Kingsmills, Rotuma, Australia, the north-west 
coast of America, and some dialects of Patagonia and South Africa, 
come next under consideration. We feel assured that a glance at the 
work will excite surprise in all at the amount of information collected, 
and pleasure at the system and perspicuity with which the whole is pre- 
sented." — American Journal of Science. 

An interesting account of Mr. Hale and his work will be found in the 
North American Review for July, 1846, to which we must refer our 
readers. It is no slight praise to award to an author that he has 
" succeeded in giving a certain classical completeness to his work, 
which makes it a model for future laborers in the same or similar 
fields of research. The style of this volume is marked by rare ex- 
cellences, and those of the highest order. It is terse, compact, and 


business-like to a remarkable degree. * * It is a transparent medium 
of expression for a riclily-informed, clear-thinking, straightforward 
mind ; it presents the meaning of the writer strongly and directly to the 
mind of the reader, instructing while it gratifies." — North American 
Review, — iibi supra. 

After the completion of this work, Mr. Hale visited Europe and other 
portions of the Eastern continent, and on his return was admitted to the 
bar. He is now engaged in the duties of his profession, but occasion- 
ally steals an hour from his briefs to contribute an essay on his favorite 
theme to some periodical in this country or in Great Britain. 

Rev. Thomas Baldwin, d. d., who occupied so prominent 
a place among the eminent divines of Boston, was once a 
preacher at Canaan, N. H., and while stationed there often 
supplied the pulpit at Baptist hill, in this town. Among his 
many able and charming productions was the hymn, commenc- 


" From whence doth this union arise, 
That hatred is conquered by love ? " 

In after-life the Doctor was often heard to remark that this 
hymn had its origin and inspiration at a conference meeting at 
Newport, and was elaborated on his way home, by moonlight, 
beneath the shadows of Croydon mountain, amid the howling 
of wolves and other wild animals. 

HuBBAKD Newton, Esq., besides his editorial labors in con- 
nection with the Farmers^ Advocate and Political Adventurer 
and the Northern Far7ner^ has written lectures upon various 
subjects, and has left on record several beautiful poems, which 
evince both culture and poetical inspiration. 

Nathan Taylor, an uneducated man, but endowed with 
waggish propensities, once wrote some doggerel lines entitled 
"Lost Benny Wines," on a simple boy who had wandered 
away ami was lost, and was thought by some to have been 
killed. They were published at the time, and were the source 
of much amusement. 

Benjamin B. French, the first clerk of our court, and for 
some years editor of the Spectator^ had a poetical genius, and 
from his earliest boyhood, before his runaway marriage with 
the daughter of Chief-Justice Richardson, until the close of his 


life, indulged his pen in that direction. Two pieces published 
in the Spectator in 182S, the one entitled " Love and Poetry," 
and the other " Music and Poetry," had the jingle of the true 
poet. " Fitz Clarence," an extended and beautiful poem, was 
published in 1844, while chief clerk at the city of Washington. 
His most elaborate production, "• Earth's Changes," was deliv- 
ered before the Chapel Hill Institute, at Washington, D. C, in 
March, 1S45. He wrote a hymn for the Historical Celebration 
of this town, in 1S46, and several others adapted to special oc- 
casions in this town. 

Baron Stow, d. d., besides his ministerial labors, was edi- 
tor of the Columbiati Star, a religious journal published at 
Washington, D. C, for a year and a half; was the author of 
several books and pamphlets, and wrote much for the periodi- 
cal press. 

Rev. Alonzo King wrote a memoir of George Dana Board- 
man, and several Sabbath-school books, which were full of in- 
terest, and widely circulated, besides a number of charming 

Rev. Luther J. Fletcher, a native of Croydon, son of 
David Fletcher, who spent his minority at Northville, in this 
town, has published a work entitled " Gloria Patria," a service- 
book, and a series of text-books, which have been quite popu- 
lar, and has contributed much to the journals of his denomina- 

William F. Young, after spending most of his minority in 
town, went to Lowell, Mass., where he became editor of the 
Workifig-matz's Advocate, and has for several years indulged 
his pen freely in literature and criticisms. 

Gov. Ralph Metcalf made frequent contributions to the 
press, both in prose and poetry. On one occasion he wrote a 
" Prize Poem." A vein of good humor ran through most of 
his productions. 

George E. Belknap wrote several letters for the press from 
Hong Kong, China, while on duty in the East Indies, relating 
to events which led to the capture of the Barrier forts by the 
U. S. squadron, and also pertaining to a cruise to Siam, giving 
a description of its capital, the king's palace, a visit to the 
king, — with whom he dined and breakfasted, — the meek appear- 

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ance of the king's favorite wife, the religion of the country, and 
other matters. He also wrote poetry. 

Edmund Burke. In addition to the large amount of edi- 
torial matter which he contributed to the columns of the Ar- 
gus^ Old Guards and Washington Union^ while they were un- 
der his management, he was the author of several reports while 
Commissioner of Patents, and of others while a member of 
congress. lie is the author of" Bundlecund," and several other 
pamphlets which have had a national circulation. He wields 
a vigorous pen, and is surrounded by one of the most extensive 
private libraries in the state. That he has poetical talent is 
indicated by the following : 


Oh I if my love were yon bright flower, 

With perfumes rising on the air, 
And I myself a tiny bee, 

To nestle in its petals fair, — 
Ah ! there, in raptVous joys Fd live, 

And revel in her nectar'd charms, 
And there a sweeter bliss I'd take 

Than Cupid's self in Psyche's arms. 

Oh ! were my love yon fleecy cloud. 

That, graceful, floats in yonder sky, 
And I myself a sunbeam bright, 

To warm and glow as she flits by, — 
Ah ! there, from dewy morn till e'en, 

I'd wanton in each mazy fold. 
And take my fill of sweet delight. 

And bathe her form in liquid gold. 

Oh ! were my love yon crystal stream 

That ripples o'er its pebbly bed. 
And I a flower upon its brink, 

To bow and lave my weary head, — 
Ah ! there, the livelong day and night, 

I'd kiss and quaff her sparkling wave. 
And on her bosom soft I'd sigh 

To drown me in so sweet a grave. 


Frances A. Burke, daughter of Hon. Edmund Burke, now 
wife of Col. George H. Dana, early in life wrote several songs 
and poems, which were published. 

Alice Augusta Dodge, daughter of Rev. O. A. and Alice 
Cheney Dodge, and grand-daughter of Col. Wm. Cheney, born 
Dec. 13, 1S35, was a graduate at Bradford Female Seminary, 
and wielded a ready pen. Among her more important produc- 
tions were six volumes of Sabbath-school books, her taste and 
early training admirably fitting her for the work. She also 
made contributions to the press. Her books were published 
by the American Tract Society, and were highly commended 
by the press and public teachers. 

Henry E. Baldwin, who was for a time editor of the Arg-us 
and Spectator, and subsequently of the Lowell Courier, wield- 
ed a ready pen, and was an agreeable writer. He sometimes 
indulged in poetry. His "■ Pencillings by the Way," written 
during a trip to the West, were in the best of humor, and were 
republished in several journals. 

Samuel C. Baldwin, besides being a man of sound judg- 
ment and an able editor, wrote several fine poems, which were 
published, and copied into the leading magazines of the country. 

Elizabeth Farnsworth, the youngest daughter of Dea. 
Joseph Farnsworth, and first wife of Jesse Wilcox, Jr., had a 
taste for literature, and enjoyed the advantages of early culture. 
She had a flashing, ready wit, and conversational powers 
equalled by few, which enabled her to be the star of the circles 
in which she moved. She wielded a ready pen, and wrote 
poetry with the greatest ease. From an aversion to appearing 
as an author, few of her poems were ever published. 

Alonzo James Fogg, son of Jeremiah Fogg, Esq., is the 
author of a work of about seven hundred pages, entitled " Sta- 
tistical Gazeteer of New Hampshire," published in 1S74, which 
is a work of acknowledged merit. During nearly all the active 
portion of his life he has been a contributor to various news- 
papers in different parts of the country, and has lectured be- 
fore the New Hampshire Antiquarian Society, the New Hamp- 
shire Historical Society, and the Concord City Board of Trade. 
He was also a contributor to "Johnson's Universal Encyclope- 


Jacob Perkins, after serving out liis apprenticeship in the 
Argus office, went to Concord, where he edited and published 
the Olive Branch. 

Rev. G. R. W. Scott, while in tow^n, wrote and compiled 
the Newport Advertiser., composed several hymns for special 
occasions, and made contributions to the press. 

Austin Corbin, Jr., published in May, 1S47, ^ ^'^^ entitled 
" The Eagle ; or, The Rover of the Mediterranean." vSubse- 
quently, while residing at the West, he had an interest in the 
Davenport Detnocrat., and contributed to its columns. 

Dr. Willard P. Gibson, a native of Croydon, who practised 
medicine in this town for several years, and who died at Wood- 
stock, Vt., in 1837, ^^''^^ ^ family, most of whom were born 
here, and nearly all of whom were inclined to literature. Han- 
nah, the eldest, was an excellent scholar, and a genius. She 
wrote both prose and poetry with ease and elegance. Sarah, 
now Mrs. Thompson, wrote very sweet and charming poems, 
both before and after her marriage. Elizabeth, now Mrs. 
Dubois Evans, also wrote fine verses. Mary, now Mrs. 
Francis, the youngest daughter, has travelled much, both in 
this country and in Europe, during which time her thoughts 
and observations have been constantly given to the press, under 
the names of "Winnie Woodfern," "Mary Stanley Gibson," and 
" Margaret Blount." She has always, from a child, been a lib- 
eral contributor to the magazines and newspapers. The vigor 
and sprightliness of her pen early brought to her aid influential 
friends, and a competence. She writes both poetry and prose 
with the greatest ease and rapidity. The following poem is 
from her pen : 


If this love, that is gilcHng life's summer. 

Had been mine in life's spring. 
How my soul would have met the new comer 

With garment and ring, — 
With sacrifice offered in gladness. 

With hope for the beautiful years .' 
Alas ! from the depths of my sadness, 

1 greet it with tears. 



Too late do we stand at the altar ! 

Too late you rejoice ! 
Too late do you tremble and falter 

At the sound of my voice ! 
The hand that you hold has grown thinner; 

The heart has known anguish and fears : 
I am yours, O victorious winner ! 

I salute you with tears ! 

You say that love's golden September 

Is faithful and strong : 
You marvel that I should remember 
v Love's May-time of wrong. 

The sorrow, for you, is all over ; 

My heart is prophetic in fears, — 
And so, for your kiss as my lover, 

I offer my tears. 

What ! give to the cheek, in its whiteness. 

Praise lost to its bloom ? 
What ! turn from the eyes in their brightness. 

And worship their gloom ? 
The rose, in its freshness and beauty, 

You crushed, in your earlier years, — 
Will you cherish it, faded, from duty? 

I answer with tears. 

Edwin M. Hale, m. d., a son of Dr. Syene Hale, was born 
Feb. 2, 1839, and at the age of seven years removed, with his 
father, to Fredonia, Ohio. At the age of eighteen he engaged in 
the printing business, and during the time was a frequent con- 
tributor to the literary press. Being so much pleased with the 
prompt action of homoeopathic remedies, administered to him 
in a severe illness, he was induced to turn his attention to med- 
icine. He graduated at the Homoeopathic Medical College, at 
Cleveland, Ohio, and after a successful practice became a pro- 
fessor in the Hahnemann Medical College of Chicago. He 
became an associate editor of the North A?nerica7i your7ial of 
Homceopathy and of the Ajnericait IIo?ficeopat/iic Observer. 
He first became known to the world as an author in i860, — 
since which time he has published some fourteen volumes, 


mostly rclatini^ to his school of practice. Ilis most elaborate 
production, a work of some one thousand pages, entitled ''New 
Remedies," has enjoyed a wide popularity, has run through 
three editions, and has been translated into the German, 
F'rench, and Spanish languages. 

James Hale, a brother of David and Syene Hale, whose 
residence was on the Unity road, publislicd, in 1S29, a volume 
entitled " Elements of Geometry and Trigonometry, with an 
easy and concise System of Land-Surveying." 

Rev. Charles Peabody, of Chicago, Ills., son of Ammi, 
wrote a series of rac}' and readable articles for the Argus, in 
1844, signed *' Rusticandus," and in 1S5S contributed a number 
of interesting communications to the St. Louis De?nocrai, from 
Europe, Egypt, and Palestine, where he spent most of the year 
in travel, giving an account of his adventures. He is author of 
a volume, published by the American Tract Society, New York, 
entitled " Twenty Years among the Colporteurs" 

JosEPii \V. Paraielee has a fondness for literature, and en- 
joys a constant intercourse with the best autliors. He writes 
prose, as will be seen in other parts of this volume. He also 
indulges in poetry. 

Thomas A. Gilmore, a son of T. W. Gilmore, Esq., as 
" Tallimed," wrote many fine articles for the press. He was 
for several years a regular correspondent of the Boston Adver- 
tiser. "A Memorial of Mrs. Frederick W. Leonard," a sister, 
published by him in 1S75, was a beautiful tribute. 

Amos B. Little, while in the patent ofiice at Washington, 
was a frequent correspondent of the A^ew Hampshire Patriot 
and the Argus^ and wielded a vigorous pen. 

S. H. N. B. Everett, son of Richard Everett, wrote several 
tales and brief romances, which were first published in Glea- 
sofi's Maoazi?ie^ and were copied extensively into the news- 
papers of the day. He was editor of T/iC Iris and Literary 
Repository, at Concord, in 1S43, and afterwards of the Litera- 
ry Souvenir" at Manchester. 

Mrs. R. H. E. Kexerson, daughter of Richard Everett, had 
a literary taste, and made frequent contributions to the press. 
A numlier of her poems, written and published dining her 
nine years' residence at the West, commencing in 1S56, were 


filled with sweet memories of her far-off New England home. 
She is the author of the following: 


Part the curtains from the lattice, 

Open wide the cabin door; 
Let the silvery moonbeams enter, 

Let them flood the cabin floor. 

For I know that they are shining, 

As of old they used to shine. 
On that mountain-buried hamlet, 

On that dear old home of mine. 

Let them fall upon my tresses. 

Let them fall upon my brow ; 
I am thinking, I am thinking 

Of another time than now. 

Nay, now, do not light the taper ; 

Do not break the spell too soon ; 
For, believe me, there would never. 

In the glaring light of noon, 

Such a host of tender mem ries 
Throng around my heart and brain. 

Of the happy days departed. 
That will never come again. 

Half a score of years are falling 

From this world-worn heart of mine. 

As I sit and weave these visions 

Where the pearly moonbeams shine : 

And my footsteps seem to wander 

Mid the haunts of other days, 
Where a phantom throng is gathered ; 

And before my eager gaze 

Rise the " old familiar" faces 

Of the cherished ones and dear; 
And I meet the olden glances, 

And the olden voices hear. 

^Geo EPerme,^ 

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Let the silent footsteps enter, 

Let the hauntin;^ faces come ; 
Let the cadence of their voices 

Linger round my lowly home : 

For my rude and simple cabin 

Like a thing of beauty seems, — 
Like Aladdin's fairy palace. 

Fraught with my fantastic dreams. 

Edmund Wheeler, the author of this history, published 
"Croydon and its Centennial" in 1S67 ; was a contributor to 
the Granite State yoiirnal and Aurora of the Valley^ pub- 
lished at Windsor, Vt., in 1S70 and 1S71, and the Boston Ad- 
vertiser in 1S72. In 1S7S a hirge number of the citizens of 
Croydon, his native place, entered his residence, and with 
speeches and other appropriate ceremonies, presented him with 
a beautiful ^<3/i/ cane^ as a token of respect, and in recognition 
of his services as historian of the town. 

Jacob W. Wheeler, a son of Simeon, was a ready writer. 
Some of his desultory verses evinced a talent for poetry ; and a 
series of communications, written at diflerent points of the 
Union during a '"jour" tour, and published in the Argus over 
the signature of" Bourgeois," were composed with ability. He 
was for a time editor of the Democratic Banner^ at Daven- 
port, Iowa, but in consequence of ill-health returned to his na- 
tive town, where he died in July, 1S53, aged twenty-five years. 

Matthew Harvey, besides his many years of edito- 
rial service, has been the author of many apt and beautiful 
poems and songs, all written by request and for special occa- 
sions. Among them might be named " The Memory of Wash- 
ington," written for the Connecticut River Masonic Union, and 
recited by the author, Feb. 19, 1S75 ; "The Plearth-Stone," a 
song ; *' Dedication Ode" — masonic ; " Centennial Ode," writ- 
ten for the celebration of the one hundredth birthday of John 
McCrillis; "Song of Welcome," written for the reunion of the 
14th N. H. Regiment; and "My Waterfall." 

George E. Jenks, son of Oliver Jenks, established and 
edited the "New Hampshire Political Manual," wiiich was 
publibiied from 1S57 ^° '^7- inclusive. 


Edward A. Jenks, also son of Oliver Jenks, is the author of a 
number of beautiful poems, contributed to some of the leading 
magazines of the country. Among them are " Helene," "The 
Return," "The Life Stream," "The Old Man's Yesterday," 
" The Old Farm-House," " The Discovery," " Going and Com- 
ing," " The Reaper," " Blue Eyes," " The Biggest Boy," "June 
Fancies," '■ Under the Trees," and " My Favorite Stream." The 
following poems, selected alinost at random, fairly illustrate his 
poetic ability : 


"Three years ! I wonder if she'll know me ; — 

I limp a little, and I left one arm 
At Petersburg ; and I am grown as brown 

As the plump chestnuts on my little farm : 
And I am shaggy as the chestnut-burrs, 
But ripe and sweet within, and wholly hers. 

"The darling, how I long to see her ! 

My heart outruns this feeble soldier-pace, — 
For I remember, after I had left, 

A little Ciiarlie came to take my place : 
Ah ! how the laughing three-year-old brown eyes — 
His mother's eyes — will stare with pleased surprise ! 

"Sure they'll be at the corner watching; 

I sent them word that I should come to-night: 
The birds all know it, for they crowd around. 

Twittering their welcome with a wild delight : 
And that old robin with a halting wing, — 
I saved her life three years ago last spring. 

"Three years ! Perhaps I am but dreaming, — 

For, like the Pilgrim of the long ago, 
Pve tugged a weary burden at my back 

Through summer's heat and winter's blinding snow, 
Till now I reach my home, my darling's breast. 
Where I can roll my burden off, and rest." 
When morning came, the early rising sun 

Laid his light fingers on a soldier sleeping 
Where a soft covering of bright green grass 

Over two lowly mounds was lightly creeping, 
But waked him not : his was the rest eternal, 
Where the brown eyes reflected love supernal. 



One April morning, when the Spring 

Released the mountain rill, 
I heard the bafllcd Winter wind 

Retreat along the hill. 

The father-sun came bending o'er. 

And tenderly caressed 
The laughing prattler, as he drew 

His mountain-mother's breast. 
The rill, when tired of revelling 

Among the fountains full, 
Ran sparkling down the velvet slope. 

To sleep — a shady pool. 

But when, as morning dawned again. 

He peeped the margin o'er. 
And "saw the beckoning buttercups 

Fast marching on before, — 
He could not stay ; he turned and kissed 

His sleeping mother — then 
Stole softly 'neath the lintel green. 

And rippled down the glen. 

As childhood, in uneasy dreams, 

Flics through the green aisles dim 
Of some old crooning forest where 

Lurk monsters fierce and grim, — 
So fled he, as the stealthy roots 

Of gnarled and wrinkled trees 
Came twisting out the loamy bank 

His truant foot to seize. 

In most fantastic windings lost, 

In meadows dewy sweet, 
To catch the jocund birds that flung 

Their music at his feet, — 
He wandered dreamily along 

Till day began to wane, 
And sighed, "Ah, me! I ne'er shall see 

My mountain home ajrain." 

He hurried down a rocky steep, 

A wild and reckless stream. 
And lay all quivering at its foot. 

At rest — perchance to dream 


Of that long way he needs must wend, 

The victories to be won, 
The blessings waiting at the end 

When all his work was done. 

Day after day he travelled on, — 

Grew broad, and deep, and strong, — 
And turned the ponderous wheels of life 

To rhythmic flow of song : 
And while in all the strife of years 

He aimed to bear a part, 
A white swan lay upon his breast. 

Her image in his heart. 

One golden autumn afternoon. 

The traveller neared the goal 
With hurried step and labVing breath ; — 

He heard the thunder roll. 
But pressed right onward to the brink, 

Nor shunned the dread abyss, — 
His hopes all fixed on realms above. 

One last fond look on this. 

Oh ! transformation wonderful ! 

Above that gulf, at even. 
Hovered a misty form of grace. 

Robed in the hues of heaven ! 

Allan M. Jenks, son of Edward A. Jeiiks, born April 17, 
1858, is local editor of the Concord Daily Mo7iitor. 

Baron S. Crowell, son of Samuel, though most of his life 
an invalid, was nevertheless an apt scholar, and had a vigorous 
intellect. He made frequent contributions to the public jour- 
nals, both of prose and poetry, which were favorabI_v received. 
At his request, the article calling for the writing of the history 
of the town was, in 1870, inserted in the warrant calling the 
annual meeting. 

George S. Barton, while here in the practice of law. in- 
dulged his pen freely, both in prose and poetry ; the latter, 
however, was his favorite diversion. 

Amasa Edes has published several addresses upon agricul- 
ture, temperance, and other subjects, and has been a constant 
contributor to the press. 

^ " V Geo.EPeni^e S'-Yo^"'^ 




Shepherd L. Bowers has for several years been the regu- 
lar correspondent of the Boston yournal, and has otherwise 
contributed to public journals. 

Mary Dwinel Chellis, now Mrs. S. Frank Lund, 
a native of Goshen, and daughter of Seth Chellis, Esq., has 
written, during her residence of eleven years in this town, some 
twenty-six volumes. Several of them were prize works, when 
she had numerous competitors, and in the writing of which she 
won valuable prizes. Her productions have been published in 
Boston and New York, and have had a wide circulation. She 
has also written poetry and dramas, and other matter for the 
periodical press. A writer in a public journal savs, — 

Her books are in public libraries, and in Sabbath-school libraries of 
all denominations, and are marked by fine imagery, keen sarcasm, and 
moral sentiment, and they all bear the impress of the author's finished 
scholarship. She is an able writer, and a ceaseless toiler in the prolific 
field of literature she has chosen. She makes literature her profession ; 
and proof-sheets are constantly passing between her city publishers and 

The following are the titles of some of her more popidar 
works : " Charley Wheeler's Reward," " Old Sunapee," '' Dea- 
con Sims's Prayers" (took the prize among fifty competitors), 
''Molly's Bible," "Effie Wingate's Work," "Father Merrill" 
(prize book), -' The Mystery of the Lodge," " Good Work," 
"Jimmy's Shoes," "Only a Plain Woman," a series of six 
books, entitled " Glimpses of Nature," " The Temperance Doc- 
tor," " Out of the Fire," "Aunt Dinah's Pledge," " Old Times," 
"At Lion's Mouth," "Wealth and Wine," "All for !sIoncy," 
" Ten Cents," " The Brewer's Fortime," " Bill Drock's Invest- 
ments," "The Old Doctor's Son," "-Mark Dunning's Enemy," 
"The Hermit of Ilolcombe," etc. Li addition to the above, 
Mrs. Lund's eleven years' work includes many popular stories, 
sketches, serials, and lectures. 

Albert S. Wait, although a lawyer, and mainly devoted 
to his profession, has nevertheless a decided fondness for 
books, delights in surrounding himself with the choicest works 
of science and literature, and has a beautiful cabinet of rare 
specimens illustrating the science of geology. He has written 
essays and lectures upon various subjects. His lectures on 


"American Antiquities," on "vSpectrum Analysis," on " Greek 
Character," the latter delivered before the New Hampshire 
Antiquarian Society, and his Masonic " Reports on Foreign 
Correspondence," published in 1S7S, are among his most fin- 
ished productions. To him the author of this history is indebt- 
ed for valuable aid in the review of several chapters, and espe- 
cially for the one on Free Masonry, the composition of which 
is wholly his. 

Nathan E. Reed wields a ready pen, and has been a 
popular correspondent of the National Eagle and other pa- 
pers, and has written lectures. 

LovELL White, son of Nathan, wrote " El Rio Colorado 
del Sur," a graphic description of the Colorado river of the 
South and its surroimdings, as well as the Gulf of California, into 
which it discharges ; " Margaret Hemming," a story which had 
the honor of a republication in English magazines; and " The 
Judge's Story," which was published in the Overland maga- 

Isabel Wilcox, daughter of Calvin Wilcox, and wife of 
Judson M. Ewing, of Kansas, has a poetic turn of mind, and 
was mucli given to rhyming during her school-days. .She wrote 
the "Class Ode" at the time of her graduation at Kimball 
Union Academy, in the summer of 1S66, which was published 
at the time. 

Anne Farmelee, a daughter of Joseph W. Parmelee, inher- 
its much of her father's fondness for books, and though still in 
her girlhood, has contributed several valuable poems to the 

Elizabeth Brett, while living with her father, S. G.Brett, 
at Northville, contributed liberally to the press, and was the 
author of several beautiful poems wliich were published at the 
time. The railroad depot now occupies the once charming lit- 
tle nook which surrounded that " Riverside Cottage " made 
classic by her pen. 

Frank H. Carleton, son of Henry G. Carleton. born Oct. 
8, 1849, early in life indicated a taste for literature. In 1S72, 
the year in which he graduated at Dartmouth college, he won 
the "Grimes prize" for the best English composition, and 
wrote the " Parting Ode " for class day. He has been the 


author of several poems, and as " Decipliis" has been a liberal 
contributor to various public journals since his early boyhood. 
He wrote several interesting communications for the press, 
while teaching at the South in the winter of 1S71. At the close 
of his college course he became one of the editors of the Union 
Democrat^ at Manchester. lie went to St. Paul, Minnesota, 
where he was for a season connected with journalism, and was 
clerk of a court of record. He ultimately studied law in the 
office of Gov. Pillsbury, and is now in the practice of his pro- 
fession in his adopted city. 

ViRGii. C. Stkvens, a native of Goshen, but who was for 
some time a resident here, went from this town to California, 
where he became editor of the California Whig'. 

Bela \V. Jenks, son of Bela W., published a paper in Cali- 

Miss B. Aii.een Young, a native of Lisbon, N. H., came to 
this town with her mother's family, and remained here until 
the time of her death, which occurred in 1S71, at the age of 
twenty-two years. The year previous to her death she pub- 
lished a volume of 240 pages, entitled " Twice an Orphan, and 
other Sketches," written and compiled by herself. 



'' I 'HE charter for the Newport Social Library was granted 
-^ to Jesse Lane, Jesse Willard, and Samuel Church, and 
their associates, June 9, 1S03. The by-laws, proposed by Rev. 
Abijah Wines, Hubbard Newton, and Arnold Ellis, were adopt- 
ed in 18 1 3. For many years it furnished the main I'eading for 
the town. Its volumes, especially its more recent publications, 
were eagerly sought for, and read with the greatest interest, and 
exerted a beneficent effect upon the intellects and morals of the 
town. In 1S53, the old, and what were deemed the less valuable 
books, were sold to the antiquarian bookstores, and the pro- 
ceeds reinvested in new works. It now has some four hundred 
volumes. As no appropriate room has ever been furnished for 
its keeping, it lias had various homes. It has been kept at the 
residence of Samuel Church, at the James Breck store, at the 
Wheeler saddlery, and at the offices of S. L. Bowers, L. W. 
Barton, and S. H. Edes, the present librarian. 

The Social Library, at Northville, was established about 
the same time. It had, for the times, a large collection of 
valuable books, which were much read by the people in that 
portion of the town. It was kept at first, and for many years, 
by Dea. Elias Metcalf, afterwards by Maj. Josiah Wakefield 
and by James Haven. It was finally divided among the share- 

There are libraries, containing many valuable works, con- 
nected with the Sabbath-schools of our churches. Tlie cata- 
logue at the Congregationalist has a list of nearly 1,000 vol- 
umes ; the Baptist, 600; Universalist, a choice selection; and 
Methodist, 1,000 volumes. The Methodists have, also, a libra- 
ry at the parsonage, for the use of their clergyman. The 


Ladies' Charitable Society, connected with the Congregational 
church, has a library. 

The Hon. Edmund Burke has a private library of over 6,000 
volumes ; besides which there are several other private libra- 
ries of some 1,000 volumes eacli. 

Jolin C. Kclley, in 1S71, transformed his bookstore, containing 
all the latest and most valuable works, into a circulating library, 
thus afibrding our citizens an opportunity to read all the more 
recent works without the necessity of purchasing. This library 
is still continued by Eleazer C. Converse. 

Newport Lyceum. Newport has been blest with a good 
share of forensic talent, and hence lyceums, when undertaken, 
have usually been well sustained. The legal fraternity, among 
whom have always been able debaters, has always given it 
a hearty support. During three periods in the history of the 
town, the proccetlings have been invested with more than ordi- 
nary interest. One, commencing about 1S30 and continuing 
for several years, was supported by the old lawyers, — Amasa 
Edes, Hubbard Newton, Josiah Forsaith, and B. B. French, — 
and by Josiah Stevens, Simon Brown, and the then youthful 
Charles Peabody and William P. Wheeler. Another, about 
twenty years later, was sustained by Q. A. Gilmore, S. M. 
Wheeler, L. W. Barton, George Dustin, George T. Angel, J. 
W. Parmelee, W. M. Guilford, Benjamin F. Sawyer, and E. 
Wheeler. A desire among its members to be the star speaker 
led to thorough preparation, and invested it with interest. The 
most successful term was held some three years prior to 1S70, 
in which the finest music, and a paper ably conducted by the 
ladies, were made to lend an extra attraction to the exercises. 
W. H. H. Allen, P. S. Adams, S. L. Bowers, L. W. Barton, I. 
A. Reed, A. S. Wait, IL H. Metcalf, and Marquis Collister 
were among the mure active debaters. At the last annual 
meeting, held March 2S, 1S73, S. L. Bowers was elected pres- • 
ident ; E. Wheeler, vice-president ; O. P. Baston, clerk ; and 
Granville Pollard, treasurer. 

Newport Reading Circle. This circle was formed in 
1S33, and was composed of the young ladies and gentlemen of 
the village, who associated together for the two-fold purpose of 


social enjoyment, and mutual improvement in literature. They 
met once a week, and listened to original and select readings. 

Periodical Club. This club was organized Jan. 6. 1844, 
and took nearly all the leading magazines in this country and 
Great Britain. By the by-laws, the members were required to 
meet once a week and exchange books. At the end of the year 
the files of the different works were collected together and sold 
to the highest bidder, and the proceeds invested in new books. 
This club, for a time, enjoyed quite a popularity. Another 
similar club was formed some twenty years later, and was well 

A Lecture Association was formed in 1859, and employed 
several very interesting speakers. 




A HISTORY of Newport would be incomplete without 
■^^^ some reference to an institution so much connected with 
the social interests of the town as has been tliat of Free Masonry. 
On the 1 2th of June, iSi6, a Dispensation was granted by 
William II. Woodward, then Grand Master of Masons of New 
Hampshire, to Arnold Ellis, Hubbard Newton, Samuel Rogers, 
Luther Delano, John Quimby, Prince Crosby, James D. Wal- 
cott, Samuel Marsh, Jr., Sylvanus Richards, Joshua Currier, 
and Nathaniel Woodward, to form and open a Lodge, at New- 
port, by the name of Corinthian Lodge, No. 28 ; and naming 
Arnold Ellis as Master, Hubbard Newton as Senior Warden, 
and Samuel Rogers as Junior Warden. The first meeting, as 
shown by the records, was held in "Richards hall" on the 
2ist of June of the same year, when the other officers were 
chosen, and the Lodge was duly organized. " The first regular 
communication of the Lodge " was " holdcn at Col. Luther 
Delano's hall, on Tuesday, the 2d day of July, A. L. 58 16," and, 
as the records show, " the Lodge was opened on tlie first de- 
gree of Masonry." At that meeting Nathaniel Wheeler, Jr., 
was proposed for admission to the first degree, and at the next 
meeting, oi\ the 6th of August, he was duly initiated. The 
second person receiving this honor was William Cheney, who, 
having presented his application on the 6th of August, was ad- 
mitted to initiation on the third of the following September. 

A charter having been obtained from the Grand Lodge of the 
state, on the 12th of November the Lodge was duly consti- 
tuted and its officers installed, — the first three being the same 
as mentioned in the Dispensation. 


Nathaniel Wheeler, Jr., and William Cheney received the 
degree of JNIaster Mason, on the ist of April, 181 7, and very 
soon Asa McGregor, Amos Little, Erastus Baldwin, David 
Hale, and many other prominent citizens of the tovv^n, as well 
as of several adjoining tow^ns, were admitted to the same 

The first known practical step towards a temperance reform 
in Newport appears to have been taken by Free Masons, in 
their associated character as such ; for on the first day of Sep- 
tember, 181S, at a regular meeting, as the records show, Cor- 
inthian Lodge 

" Voied^ That no ardent spirits shall hereafter be introduced 
into our Lodge during Lodge hours." 

When it is recollected that, even at a much later period than 
this, the use of intoxicating liquors was so common as to be re- 
garded as a necessity ; that it was an article of ordinary mer- 
chandise, sold in all stores, and dealt out openly at bars in all 
hotels; that it was deemed an essential part of refreshment at 
all social gatherings, by all classes, clergy as well as laity, and 
equally by both sexes, — the significance of this vote cannot fail 
to be apparent. The writer well remembers a venerable Bap- 
tist clerg3'man, a near neighbor of his father, in an adjacent 
state, though not very distant from Newport, sending on Sun- 
day, after his clerical duties were over, for the loan of spirit 
with which to refresh himself after the fatigues of the day, his 
own supply having become exhausted. It is but just to say, 
however, that this clergyman became afterwards one of the first 
movers in the temperance cause, and labored earnestly for its 
success. To the Masonic institution in Newport must there- 
fore be conceded the credit of having initiated the temperance 
movement in the town. 

In September, 1822, the Lodge met with what was justly 
deemed an irreparable loss, in the death of David Hale, its 
Worshipful Master, an account of which is given in another 
part of this history. Brother Hale was elected Master of Cor- 
inthian Lodge in April, 1821, and was reelected in April, 1822. 
On the occasion of his obsequies, a sermon was preached to a 
large concourse of people, by the Rev. Jonathan Nye, of Clare- 
mont, then District Deputy Grand Master, an eminent clergy 


men, and a distinguished Mason. The remains, borne to the 
grave by his brethren, inckiding many members of distant 
Lodges, were deposited with the solemn rites of the order ; and 
his office appropriately remained vacant until the annual elec- 
tion, in April of the following year, when William Cheney was 
duly chosen and installed as his successor. 

The membership of the Lodge continued to increase by the 
accession of worthy and useful citizens of Newport and adja- 
cent towns, until what is known as the " Morgan abduction," 
which occurred in the western part of the state of New York, 
in September of the year 1S26. Any discussion of this occur- 
rence, or of its consequences to the !NLasonic order, would be 
out of place in a history of the town of Newport. We may, 
however, be allowed to suggest, that to the philosojDhical stu- 
dent of history, its careful study cannot fail to present one of 
the most interesting of the episodes of human progress. He 
will there see the people of a territory, greater in extent than 
that of Great Britain and Ireland, so deeply moved as to unset- 
tle all the social relations of society ; he will see political par- 
ties swejDt from existence, and re-formed upon new bases ; he 
will see brother literally arrayed against brother, parent against 
child and child against parent, husband against wife and wife 
against husband ; he will see churches riven to their very foun- 
dations, and Christian charity nearly extinguished in a Chris- 
tian land, — and from a cause which, in the light of former ex- 
perience, would have been expected to form no more than a 
subject of mere local inquiry. Thanks to a better civilization, 
that the melancholy events of the Popish Plot of English his- 
tory were not recnacted upon American soil, and that returning 
reason has to regret no sacrifice of human life in a cause as un- 
real as a phantom. 

On the 4th of March, 1S2S, the degree of ALaster ALison was 
conferred upon Harrison G. Smart, which was the last acces- 
sion to the order in Corinthian Lodge. 

At the meeting on Dec. i, 1S29, there was received " a com- 
munication from Hiram Lodge, respecting celebrating the ap- 
proaching 27th of December ;" and it was " Voted, that the 
Secretary return an answer, that, considering the excitement 



against Masonry, it is thought inexpedient to join the celebra- 

The Lodge continued to hold its meetings regularly each 
month, until May 7, 1833, when it was opened and closed 
upon the Entered Apprentice's degree, after which no records 
appear, and the charter was soon surrendered. 

The following are the names of those brethren who held the 
office of Worshipful Master of Corinthian Lodge, from its 
constitution to the surrender of its charter : Arnold Ellis, 
1816-17; Jolin Qiiimby, 1817-19; Horace Chase, 1819-21 ; 
David Hale, 1821-22; William Cheney, 1823-24; Sylvester 
Partridge, 1826-27; Harvey Huntoon, 1827-29 ; John Silver, 
1829-31 ; Benjamin B. French, 1832-33. 

Mount Vernon Lodge. Mount Vernon Lodge, No. 15, 
previously located in the town of Washington, was, by author- 
ity of the Grand Lodge, removed, in 1848, to Newport. Its 
first meeting here was held on the 10th day of July of that 
year, Brother Jonas Parker being Worshipful Master, Lewis 
Underwood Senior Warden, and John Gunnison Junior War- 
den, all residing in the town of Goshen, and Daniel M. Smith, 
of Lempster, Secretary. At this communication. Brother Har- 
vey Huntoon, of Lenity, acted as Senior Deacon; Naylor Star- 
bird, of Newport, as Junior Deacon ; Oliver Lund, of New- 
port, as Treasurer; and John Carr, also of Newport, as Tyler; 
and Brothers John Silver, Harvey Huntoon, Naylor Starbird, 
Amos Little, Seth Richards, and Oliver Lund, all formerly 
members of Corinthian Lodge, were, on a vote by ballot, ad- 
mitted members of Mount Vernon Lodge, as was also, at the 
next regular meeting. Brother Mason Hatch, likewise a former 
member of Corinthian Lodge ; and the records state that " Re- 
marks were made by Brothers Chase, Silver, Huntoon, Lund, 
and others, interesting and highly encouraging to the cause of 
Masonry." From this period the Lodge has experienced uni- 
form prosperity, and its influence has continued to widen. 

From the time of its removal from Washington the meetings 
of the Lodge were held in the building known as the Matson 
block, where a hall was fitted up for its use, until the year 
1872, when it became necessary to provide more ample accom- 
modations for its largely increased numbers. Accordingly a 


contract was entered into with Dexter Richards, a mem- 
ber of the Lodge, for the construction of a suitable hall and 
other apartments for the use of the Lodge, in a building early 
erected as a dwelling-house by William Cheney, being the same 
which was afterwards for many years the residence of Dr. 
Thomas Sanborn, and which, having been purchased Ijy Air. 
Richards, was then about to undergo those transformations 
since the completion of which the building has been known as 
the Cheney block. Here an elegant hall with adjoining apart- 
ments, and ample for the accommodation of the Lodge, was, on 
the 13th day of November, 1S73, by the Grand Lodge of the 
state, publicly dedicated to the patron saints of the order. 

From this time the Lodge has steadily increased in numbers, 
until at the present time (1S7S) its rolls show a membership of 

The names of those who have been Worshipful Masters of 
the Lodge, since its removal to Newport, are, — Jonas Parker, 
1S4S-49; Levi L^nderwood, 1S49-50 ; Virgil Chase, 1S50-51 ; 
John Putler, 1851-52; Thomas Sanborn, 1852-53 ; James Karr, 
1853-54; Benjamin M. Gilmore, 1S54-55 ; D. W. Watkins, 
1S55-56 ; Charles H. Little, 1S56-57 ; Charles Emerson, 
1857-5S; William E. Moore, 1S5S-60; Thomas Sanborn, 
1S60-61 ; Jonas Parker, 1861-62 ; John Young, Jr., 1S62-65 ; 
Matthew Harvey, 1865-67; Albert S. Wait, 1867-69; David 
McLauglilin, 1869-71 ; Josiah Turner, 1871-73 ; Henry M. In- 
gram, 1S73-75 ; Arthur II. Ingram, 1875-76 ; Jolin Young, 

Its present officers are, — Worshipful Master, Frank A. Raw- 
son ; Senior Warden, William H. McCrillis ; Junior Warden, 
Frank J.Latimer; Treasurer, Frank P. ^Meserve ; Secretary, 
Charles H. Little ; Senior Deacon, Charles H. Kelsey ; Junior 
Deacon, Elisha P. Fisher ; Stewards, Lorenzo Whittcmore, 
Fred W. Richards ; Tyler, Edward E. Stearns ; Marshal, S. 
Frank Lund ; Chaplain, A. V. Hitchcock. 

Chapter of the Tabernacle. Until the year 1872, Free 
Masoiuy in Newport was principally confined to the lodge. 
On the 19th day of June of that year, a Dispensation was grant- 
ed, by Edward Gustine, of Keene, Grand High Priest of the 
state, to Albert S. Wait, of Newport, John Young, of Sunapee, 


Albina H. Powers, of Croydon, and nine other Royal Arch 
Masons, all members of Webb Chapter at Claremont, to open 
a Royal Arch Chapter at Newport, by the name of the " Chap- 
ter of the Tabernacle," in which the three Companions named 
were designated, respectively. High Priest, King, and Scribe. 
The first Convocation under this Dispensation was held on the 
15th of July ; and there were at that time presented the appli- 
cations of ten brother Master Masons for the degrees in the 
new Chapter, and they all in due course received the several 
degrees from Mark Master to Royal Arch Mason. At the Con- 
vocation of the Grand Chapter of the state, in May, 1873, a 
charter was granted to this Chapter ; and on the 19th of the 
following February it was duly constituted and its officers in- 
stalled. The number of members now upon the rolls of the 
Chapter of the Tabernacle is thirty-five. The office of High 
Priest was held by A. S. Wait until the annual Convocation on 
the 7th of April, 1876, when he was succeeded by Ashton W. 
Rounsevel, Nathan S.Johnson being at the same time chosen 
King, and George E. Dame, Scribe. The present officers of 
the Chapter (1878) are,— George C. Edes, High Priest; D. 
George Chadwick, King ; Henry M. Ingram, Scribe ; Perley 
S. Coffin, Treasurer ; Charles H. Little, Secretary ; Arthur H. 
Ingram, Captain of the Host ; Alonzo D. Howard, Principal 
Sojourner ; Oliver Call, Royal Arch Captain ; Morris J. Em- 
mons, Abiathar Richards, Arial A. Huntoon, Masters of the 
Veils ; George W. Tilton, Charles L. Brockway, Stewards ; 
Edwin M. Hunton, Tyler. 

Odd-Fellows. The Sugar River Lodge, No. 55, I. O. O. 
F., was instituted May 25, 1874. The charter members were 
Marshall E. Hatch, George A. Ellis, and Cyrus A. Thompson. 
They have a new and elegant hall, in Richards block, fitted up 
for their accommodation. The lodge has had a brief but suc- 
cessful career, and in 1S77 had a membership of seventy-two, 
and no deaths had occurred in their ranks. 

At the regular communication, Monday evening, July 3, 1S76, 
the following officers were installed for the ensuing term : Cyrus 
A. Thompson, N. G. ; Charles H. Matthews, V. G. ; Charles 
M. Cummings, Rec. Sec. ; Philip Royce, Treas. ; Silas Coffin, 


Per. Sec. ; A. W. Clark, Warden ; Frank P. Meserve, C. ; 
Frank J. Latimer, R. vS. N. G. ; Henry C. Tenney, L. S. N. 
G. ; M. E. Hatch, O. G. ; Lyman E. Hunter, L G. ; Sanford 
H. Bascom, R. S. V. G. ; Rodney Tilton, L. S. V. G. ; R. M. 
J. Hastings, R. S. S. ; Charles H. Young, L. S. S. ; W. S. 
Kempton, Chaplain. 

Knights of Honor. A lodge of this order was organized 
in Newport, IMay 2, 1876, by J. H. Wright, of Boston, Deputy 
Supreme Dictator, and is known as Mount Coit Lodge, K. of 
IL The officers duly elected and installed at the first meeting 
were, — E. P. Fisher, Past Dictator ; George E. Dame, Dictator ; 

E. C. Converse, Vice-Dictator ; Dr. H. Tubbs, Assistant Dicta- 
tor ; Rev. A. S. Nickerson, Chaplain ; A. W. Rounsevel, Guide ; 

F. P. Meserve, Reporter ; G. C. Edes, Financial Reporter ; A. 
S. Chase, Treasurer; C. H. Watts, Guardian ; S. S. Kimball, 
Sentinel ; T. B. Sanborn, M. D., Surgeon ; George E. Dame, T. 
B. Sanborn, E. C. Converse, Directors. 



O^CHOOLS. The first record we find relating to schools is 
'^-^ the following: "Nov. 23, 1772. Voted to build a house 
thirty by twenty feet, to be done the following July for public 
use, to be improved as a school-house, and for religious wor- 
ship." The educational interests of the town, thus early provid- 
ed for, have ever been regarded with watchful care. 

" March 8, 1774. Voted that there shall be four pounds law- 
ful money paid out of the town treasury towards the support of 
a school the ensuing summer, to be paid in grain at the market 

" March 14, 1775. Voted to pay five pounds lawful money 
worth of grain to support a school ; one half is to support a 
school in the summer, and the other half in the winter ; wheat 
at 5s. per bushel, and rye at 3s. 9d. per bushel." 

During the embarrassing times of the Revolution, no public 
funds were raised for the support of schools. They were then 
supported by voluntary contributions from those having schol- 

The Rev. Mr. Remele, after his settlement in 17S3, was, 
in addition to his duties as pastor, a successful and popular 
teacher. The Rev. Mr. Wines is also remembered as an ex- 
cellent instructor, especially for those in the more advanced 
studies. Jonah Griswold was for many years a fiivorite teacher 
at Northville. Benj. Cummings, Arphaxad Whittlesy, Moses 
Chapin, William A. Chapin, John B. McGregor, Austin Cor- 
bin, William Claggett, Asa McGregor, William Heath, Bar- 
on Stow, D. D., Josiah Stevens, Bela Nettleton, Carleton 
Hurd, Eleazer Jackson, Benj. F. Sawyer, Laura Sawyer, Sam- 
uel Blanchard, William Young, Simeon Wheeler, Jr., John 


Towne, M. Bradford Boardman, Orpha Fletcher, Ursula Kel- 
ley, and Augusta Jewett, are a few among those who have been 
promnient and successful teachers. 

During the last century our school habits have in some re- 
spects greatly changed. In tlie earlier days women were em- 
ployed to teach the summer schools, and men had almost the ex- 
clusive management of the winter schools. Now men are rarely 
found in our scliool-rooms summer or winter. There are sev- 
eral reasons which have led to this change. Teaching is al- 
most the only profession open to women, and those seeking 
remunerative employment naturally press into it, while all 
professions are open to men. Again : it is found that women are 
better adapted by nature to take charge of the young ; that they 
are more patient, and are more apt in teaching; — and another 
reason is, they are willing to work for less pay. It requires but 
little financial skill to show, that when the woman asks $10 per 
week and the man $20, yon pay the woman only half as much 
money as you do the man for the same amount of labor, and 
secure, at the same time, on an average, a better quality of work. 
Some think that the presence of a man in our schools is necessary 
to their complete success ; but in several important cities in the 
West, women only are employed as teachers, and with the most 
satisfactory results. This same tendency to employ women as 
teachers is manifest throughout the country. In Vermont and 
in New York city, ninety per cent, of all the teachers are 
women. Again : the free use of the rod, and the severer forms 
of corporal punishment which prevailed in the more Puritanical 
days, have given place to milder forms of discipline, which are 
more humane, and have proved quite as eflcctual. 

DisriiiCTS. The town was early divided into districts for 
purposes of schooling. District No. i embraced those on the 
Unity road, from the Fairbanks corner south ; No. 2, the terri- 
tory occupied by Main street ; No. 3, the region about Kelley- 
ville ; No. 4, East Mountain; No. 5, East Newport; and No. 
6, the Norlhville district. 

In 1S37, Oliver Jenks, Jeremiah D. Nettleton, and Josiah Ste- 
vens. Jr., were appointed a committee to divide the town into 
school districts, who reported the boundaries substantially as 
they remained until 1S76, when the abandonment of our hill 


farms, and a change in the population, caused some of the dis- 
tricts to be ahnost without scholars. A re-districting became 
necessary, and a committee, consisting of Ephraim E. P. Abbott, 
P. S. Adams, Edmund Wheeler, I. A. Reed, S. H. Edes, and 
Charles A. Silsby, was appointed for that purpose ; but no sat- 
isfactory plan of division has yet been matured. 

The Union District. In the spring of 1S74 the four village 
districts voted, by a very large majority, to unite and form one 
district, for the purpose of grading the schools, and thus pro- 
moting their value and efficiency. A committee, consisting of 
E. Wheeler, J. L. Swett, and B. M. Gilmore, for District No, 
2, Dexter Richards, S. H. Edes, L. W. Barton, and R. S. Howe, 
for No. 8, F. W. Lewis, S. L. Bowers, and P. S. Coffin, for 
No. 14, and R. Huntoon, H. Call, and Simon A. Tenney, for 
No. 18, was appointed to settle upon the terms of union. Their 
report was adopted by an almost unanimous vote. At the first 
meeting of the district, which was held May 13, 1S74, Rich- 
ard S. Howe, Edmund Wheeler, and George R. Brown were 
appointed a committee to procure the necessary rooms, supply 
the needed furniture, grade the scholars, adopt suitable rules, 
and put the schools in operation. The town, having the former 
town-hall and court-house building on hand, met, and voted to 
lease it to the Union district for school purposes for the term of 
ninety-nine years, provided they would fit it up and keep it in 
repair, and maintain in it, for a term of not less than twenty 
weeks in each year, a grammar school, without expense to the 
town, the inhabitants of other districts having the right to send 
their scholars to any grade in the school, by paying a reason- 
able tuition to assist towards defraying the running expenses 
of the school. 

At the annual meeting, in the spring of 1S76, the Union dis- 
trict voted to raise $600 in addition to the school-money required 
by law. This was done in order to secure the services of a 
permanent teacher, competent to manage the school and in- 
struct in the more advanced studies, and also to extend the 
three terms in the higher grades to twelve weeks each. This, 
after two years' experience, was deemed the wiser policy. In 
1877 the sum of $400, and in 1878, $600, was raised for a like 
purpose. By an equitable distribution of the public school- 



money, it is thought tlie Union district could maintain, for 
thirty-six weeks in each year, a school, the grade of which 
shouKl be sufficiently advanced to meet the wants of the public, 
and fit those that wished, for college, without additional tax- 
ation. The benefits resultiu": from grading the schools have 
exceeded the expectations of its most sanguine advocates. 

The amount of school-money in Union district in 1S77 was 

A law constituting a Board of Education was passed in June, 
1877, ^^ ^'^*^ suggestion of the committee of this district, who 
thought an independent action of the district would result in 
benefit to all concerned. At the annual meeting, in 187S, the 
district adopted this law, and organized according to its provi- 
sions. They chose a board of education, consisting of Edmund 
Wheeler, Samuel H. Edes, George W. Britton, Thomas B. San- 
born, Albert S. Wait, and George E. Dame. This board organ- 
ized by chosing Edmund Wheeler, president, George E. Dame, 
secretary and treasurer, and Samuel H. Edes, financial agent. 

The bell on the centre school-house, which is of steel, and 
cost some $125, was tlie gift of Thomas W. Gilmore, Esq., 
who, in his brief presentation speech, said he gave it, partly to 
testify how fully he appreciated the grand system which we had 
adopted for our schools, and partly that he might place a por- 
tion of his money in a position where he could hear it r///£^ 
while he lived. 

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, in the grammar room, was 
presented by George R. Brown and ISIiss Nettie L. Bartlett, 
the teachers. 

The following persons have been superintending school com- 
mittees of the town : 

Ephraim E. P. Abbott 
Paul S. Adams, 
William H. H. Allen, 
Edmuiul Hurke, 
Levi W. Barton, 
Shepherd L. Bowers, 
George R. Brown, 
Amasa Edes, 
Henry Cummings, 

, Josiah Forsaith, 
Joseph Freeman, 
Foster Henry, 
Edward Ingham, 
Oren C. Kibby, 
Frederick S. Little, 
Ralph Metcalf, 
Charles \V. .Millen, 
Hubbard Newton, 

Bela Nettleton. 
Ira Person, 
Joseph W. Parmelee, 
Josiah Stevens, Jr., 
John L. Swett, 
Benjamin F. Sawyer, 
John Woods, 
Luther Walcott. 



In 1S78, the board of education was elected ; and Albert S. 
Wait and Edmund Wheeler were assigned to the duties of su- 
perintendents for the Union district. 

Rev. Paul S. Adams, of this town, was Common School Com- 
missioner for Sullivan county in 1S60 and 1S61, and Rev. C. 
M. Dinsmore held the same office in 1S66. 

The Sullivan County Teachers' Institute has held frequent 
sessions in this town since its establishment. These sessions 
have been well attended, useful to the teachers, and interesting 
to the public. Nearly every term has been attended by able 
and experienced instructors. 

Newport Academy. The Newport academy was incorpo- 
rated June 24, 1S19. A number of the citizens of this and the 
neighboring towns, wishing to give their children a more ad- 
vanced education than was to be had at our common scliools, 
and in man}- instances to fit them for college, made a compact, 
whereby they were to hire a teacher, at a salary of $400, — a sum 
deemed ample to secure the desired talent, — and pledged each 
to contribute his share towards making up the deficiency in 
the preceptor's pay, if any should be found, after receiving the 
tuition of the scholars. The institution was for several 3'ears 
under the direction of a board of trustees, consisting of James 
Breck, Joseph Farnsworth, William Cheney, J. D. Walcott, 
John B. McGregor, Alexander Boyd, and Hubbard Newton. 
A catalogue, published in 1S23, contained the names of 69 stu- 
dents, — 48 gentlemen and 3i ladies. The building erected for 
this institution was located on the south side of Elm street, at 
the east end of the bridge. It was placed there to accommo- 
date the then comparatively large population on the west side 
of the interval. It was two stories high, and had ample rooms 
nicely fitted up. It was disposed of to District No. 2, and was 
finally destroyed by fire in 1843. When the Baptist church 
was remodelled, in 1841, and its audience-room raised several 
feet above the former floor, leaving a lower story, this was 
fitted up for an academy, and used for that purpose a number 
of years ; but the court-room, being a more central as well as a 
more attractive place, was mainly used for that purpose, and 
u^Don the formation of the Union district, in 1874, it was fitted 



up, with the modern improvements, for tlie use of the high- 
school grade. 


1819. Wm. Shedd. 

1820. Christopher Marsh. 

1821. '22, '23. Wm. Clark, A. B. 
1825. Amasa Edes, B. Cook, Ass't. 

1825. Harriet Cook. 

1826. J. Peabody. 

1827. Wm. Heath. 

1828. Wm. Claggett. 

1829. A. G. Hoyt, Miss S. Trask. 
1829. Kendrick Metcalf. 

1833. David Crosby. 
1833. Ursula Kelley. 

1839. M. L. Eastman. 

1840. Susan Woodard. 

1 84 1. Miss Colby, dau. Gov. Colby. 

1842. Miss S. O. Dickey. 
1845. Abner S. Warner. 
1848. Wm. M. Guilford. 
1848. J. C. Crooker. 

1850. Charles H. Chapin. 

185 1. C. F. Remick. 

1852. Levi W. Barton, Lizzie F. 

Jewett, Ass't. 

1853. Mary B. Fitz. 

1853. i\L Bradford Boardman. 

1855. John Paul. 

1857. R. M. Gunnison. 

1S58. H. F. Hyde, Miss A. C. Ba- 
ker, Ass't. 

1859. Geo. B. Brooks, Miss F. A. 
Corbin, Ass't. 

1862. Eugene Lewis, A. F. Glea- 
son, Ass't. 

1862. Sarah G. Gregg. 

1863. A. H. Kimball. 

1865. .Mary Dwinell Chellis. 

1866. Alfred F. Howard. 

1870. Geo. R. Brown, Emily Leav- 

itt, Ass't. 
1S73. Susan C. Eastman. 

Principals of the High School. 

1874. Geo. R. Brown, Miss Emily 


1875. H. A. Hutchinson, C. E. 

Blake, Geo. W. Dodge. 

1876. Cynthia F. Paine. 
iS76and 1877. Herbert J. Barton. 
1878. Frank S. Hotaling. 

Miss Nettie L. Bartlett, an efficient teacher, had charge of the 
Grammar school in Union district during the first four years 
after its formation. It has since been under the care of Miss 
Mary Chellis, of Plainfiekl, an experienced and competent 

The Intermediate department has been taught by Georgia C. 
Wilcox, Ida L. Dunbar, Lizzie Rider, Mary Stafford, and Mat- 
tie Chellis. 

The ''New Hampshire Gazeteer," printed in 1S23, says, — 
"An academy was incorporated in iSiS, is without funds, and 
the average number attending it is about 35. The town is di- 
vided into 14 school-districts, in most of which are handsome 



and convenient school-houses. The aveva^e number of schol* 
ars belonging to these districts is about 40 to each." 

At the historical celebration, in 1846, when the town had 
been settled eighty years, it was reported that " thirty young 
men had received a collegiate education ; that no child had 
been allowed to come to maturity without being taught to read 
and write ; that, generally speaking, all had a good common- 
school education ; and that they had 19 school-districts, besides 
a high school in the village." 

Rev. James R. Wheelock, at the Congregational church, was 
a son of President Wheelock, of Dartmouth college, and it is 
thought that this circumstance had a potent influence in turning 
the attention of our young men to college life. 

In 1870, by the census, there were in town 17 schools; 410 
scholars, — 234 males and 186 females ; average attendance, 315 ; 
per cent, of attendance, 77 ; average number weeks school. 25 ; 
value of school buildings, $5,000 ; annual amount appropriated 
to schools, $3,341 ; average to each scholar, $8.15. Amount 
of school-money in 1S77, $3,868.21. Until 1S75 the town 
raised only so much money as was required by the laws of the 
state, and then only in the Union district. 

The following is an incomjDlete list of college graduates from 
Newport : 


Ebenezer Allen 

Worthen Hall Ames 

Samuel J. Allen 

Brooks Bowman 

Bela Bowman 

Philander Bowman 

Horatio Buel 

Ira Bascom 

Wm. Tully Bascom 

Wm. Franklin Bascom.. 

Wm. Breck 

James Breck, Jr 

Geo. Eugene Belknap... 
M. Bradford Boardman. 

Herbert J. Barton 

Wm. Chapin 

Jason Chapin 

Addison N. Chapin 

Charles H. Chapin 

Geo. F. Chapin 

Simeon Chamberlain. . . . 

Wm. Claggett 

Clifton Claggett 

Rufus Claggett 

Erastus B. Claggett 

Where Graduated. 

Dartmouth . 



Annapolis, Md.. . 




Dartmouth . 




Clergyman. . . 






1 1 


Clergyman. . . 


Clergyman .. . 



Clergyman. . . 


Physician. . .. 


Clergyman. . . 


Chelsea, Mass. 
Hartford, Vt. 
Glover, Vt. 

Glens Falls, N.Y. 
Orwell, Vt. 
Xenia, Ohio. 
Washington, D. C. 
Rochester, N. Y. 
Chicago, 111. 

Brimfield, Mass. 
Waukegan, 111. 
Greensboro', Vt. 
Geneseo, 111. 
St. Louis, Mo. 

Northfield, Vt. 
Brooklyn, N. Y. 




Prentice Cheney 

Frank H. Carleton 

George Dustin 

Samuel H . Kilcs 

Nathaniel W. Fisher 

Wm. J. Forsaith 

Quincy Ailams Gimorc.. . 

Carlos Gould 

Moses E. Hale 

Parker Hale 

Horatio Hale 

David Emerson Hale 

Wm . George H ale 

Solomon Heath 

Rohcrt R. Heath 

Wm. Heath 

Robert Hogge 

Carleton Hurd 

Enoch Hiitcliinson 

Elijah Hutchinson 

Alonzo King 

Lycurgus Kimball 

Charles Cotton KimbalU. 

Where Graduated. 


Amherst.. . . 
Dartmouth . 

Cleveland, O. 


West Point. 


Dartmouth . 



Jacksonville, 111.. 


Milton Kimball Amherst. 

Peter Kimball 

Amos H. Little 

Henry H. .Metcalf 

Kemlrick Metcalf. 

Carlos G. Metcalf 

Ralph Metcalf, Jr., 

Elias McGregor 

John B. McGregor 

Hubbard Newton 

James Hill Parmelee 

Alvah Paul 

Charles Peabody 

Leonard Peabody 

Josiah Peabody 

Solomon Peabody 

Ira W. Peabody 

Ezra Parmelee 

Leonard E. Richardson 

Bela Neitleton Stevens 

French A. Sawyer 

Ichabod Simmons 

Langdon Sawyer 

Benjamin Sawyer 

Carlos Wilco.\ 

{ohn Wilco.\ 
iriah Wilco.x , 

M.ason A. Wilco.'t 

John Woods, Jr 

Charles Woods 

Simeon Watson 

Abel Whipple 

Stoughton Whipple 

Simeon Wheeler, Jr 

Hosea Wheeler 

William P. Wheeler 

Abij.ih Wines 

Jeremiah D. Walcott 


Ijrown University. 
Ann Arbor, Mich. 


Albany, N. Y 


Dartmouth . 


Castleton, Vt , 
Dartmouth . . . 

Harvard.. . . 
Dartmouth . 

Dartmouth . 

.Middlebury . 
Dartmouth . 

Ann Arbor. 
Dartmouth . 
Williams . . 





Harvard Law, . . . 



Clergyman. . , 


Clergyman. . , 


Speculator . . 
Clergyman. . 
Physician .. . 

Lawyer . 
Army ... 
Lawyer . 

Clergyman. . 

Patent office.. 


Clergyman . . . 



Clergyman. . . 
Physician . . . . 


Clergyman . . . 
I'hysician . . . . 
Clergyman . . . 
Physician . . . . 
Clergyman . . . 
Physician . . 

Clergyman . . . 


Clergy-man . . . 


Physician. . . 



Physician. .. 

Lawyer . . . . 
Physician. . 
Lawyer . . . . 
Clergyman . 


Matanzas, Cuba. 
Sandusky, Ohio. 
Boston, Mass. 
Grinncll, Iowa. 

Chicago, III. 

New York. 
Philadelphia, Pa. 
New Orleans, La. 
Belfast, Me. 
Jefferson, N. C. 

Frj'eburgh, Me. 
Brooklyn, N. Y. 
Windsor, Vt. 
Westboro', Mass. 
Erie, Penn. 
Augusta, III. 
Rochester, N. Y. 
Washington, D.C. 

Geneva, N. Y. 

Nebraska City. 
Colchester, Vt. 
Zanesville, Ohio. 
Royaltiin, Ohio. 
St. Louis, Mo. 
Canton, N. Y. 
Hartford, Conn. 
Washington, D. C. 
Napa, Cal. 

Springfield, Vt. 

Riceborough, Ga. 
Lawrence, Mass. 
Norwich, N. Y. 
Springfield, Ohio. 

, Onio. 

Portsmouth, Va. 

A large number of tcmales have graduated at various insti- 



IN all New England, prior to 1S28, liquors of some kind were 
deemed an indispensable article in every family, and were 
used more or less freely by all. That the early settlers here 
were fully alive to their supposed beneficent qualities is suffi- 
ciently illustrated by the fact, that, tradition says, the first arti- 
cle of merchandise ever brought to town was a barrel of rum. 
All the stores and taverns were licensed to sell liquors, which 
they did freely ; and at musters, town-meetings, and on other 
public days, special licenses were granted to individuals to sell 
near the place of meeting. Behind the bar, in all our taverns, 
were shelves on which were displayed decanters containing all 
kinds of liquor. One end of a counter, in all our stores, was 
devoted to drinking purposes. Every family had one or more 
decanters, which were kept constantly filled. Spirit was used 
at all social gatherings, on all public days, and at weddings 
and funerals. The social customs were such that the decanter 
and the toddy-stick were considered as the symbols of welcome ; 
and the visitor who was not invited to a social glass hardly con- 
sidered himself as well treated. Rum, which was the general 
beverage, was drank in various combinations. I give the for- 
mula for some of its preparations as then used, as approved by 
the State Historian : " The most common drink was toddy, 
which was simply rum and water well sweetened ; — sliitg, used 
in cold weather, was rum and warm water sweetened ; — ^gg^nog, 
which was an egg well beaten, into which was stirred sugar, 
milk, and rum ; — andjlip^ which was made by taking a mug of 
beer and sweetening it, into which was thrust a red-hot iron 
called a loggerhead, which made it foam ; into this was dashed 
the spirit, and on this was grated a little nutmeg, — and it was 
ready for use." 


As illustrating the habits of the times, I quote from the ad- 
vertisements of our old merchants, — Cheney, Farnsworth, Net- 
tleton, and Gilmore, — as they appeared in the columns of the 
Spectator in 1824, 1S25, and 1S26. Under one head, they read 
almost uniformly thus: "Guoceuies. Brandy, Am. & Hol- 
land Gin ; W. I. & N. E. Rum ; Gin ; Madeira, Malaga, Cur- 
rent & Port Wines; Brown and Loaf Sugar; Teas, Coffee, 
Molasses & Starch," — liquors always heading the list. And 
their books show that they were dealt out and used liberally by 
the whole community, — clergymen, deacons, church members, 
and the imconvcrted alike. Prior to 1828, two cider distilleries 
had been established for the manufacture of cider-brandy, which 
did a large business. The one at the top of Griffin hill, on 
the Unity road, was operated by Reuben Bascom,and the other, 
at Northville, was run by the Rev. Solomon Howe. Added to 
all this, the young orchards, which had been planted all over 
town, were yielding a bountiful harvest of apples, which were 
manufactured into cider, and large quantities were consumed 
annually, in some families amounting to many barrels. But 
this flood, which had so long inundated our town, was bound 
to see an ebb movement. Dr. Reuben Mussey, who stood at 
the head of the Medical college at Hanover, visited this town, 
Feb. 25, 1S2S, and delivered an address on "Rum : its historv, 
its uses, and abuses." After which, on the same day, was 
formed the first " Society for the Promotion of Temperance" in 
town. The following are the names of its members : 

Rev. John Woods, Christopher Newton, 2d, 

Rev. Ira Person, Calvin Messinger, 

Col. Phinehas Chapin, Carey Russell, 

Capt. Matthew Buell, Amasa Edes, Esq., 

Dea. Moses Noyes, Matthew Buell, Jr., 

Hubbard Newton, Esq., Joseph Wilcox, 

Dea. Joseph Farnsworth, Capt. Seth Richards, 

David Allen, Esq., Nathaniel O. Page, 

Dr. John B. McGregor, Charles H. E. Newton, 

Dr. Alexander Boyd, Dunbar Aldrich. 

Phinehas Newton, Moses P. Durkee, 

Josiah Stevens, Jr., Esq., B. B. French, Esq., 

James Wheeler, Col. James D. Walcott, 

Cyrus Barton, Esq., Joseph Kimball. 


Col. Phineas Chapin was chosen president, John Woods and 
Ira Person, vice-presidents, Amasa Edes, Esq., secretary, and 
Alexander Boyd, John B. McGregor, Hubbard Newton, and 
Joseph Farnsworth, executive committee. 

A committee reports, in 1S29, a sale of 3,851 gallons in town, 
against 4,7^^ gallons sold the previous year, showing an im- 
provement of 865 gallons as the result of their year's labor. 

This society was superseded Aug. 35, 1829, bv a "Total 
Abstinence Society." A " Female Temperance Society" was 
also instituted the same year. In the September following, the 
Rev. Mr. Hewitt delivered an address at the South church to 
an audience estimated at nearly two thousand people. 

In November, 1841, a new movement, called the " Washing- 
tonian," was inaugurated by Messrs. Butters and Northall, of 
Boston, who were reformed inebriates. It was sought by this 
movement to make converts to the cause by having "• reformed 
inebriates" relate their sad experiences. At their first annual 
meeting they reported a membership of nearly five hundred 
persons ; and after the oration of Russell Streeter, on the follow- 
ing 4th of July, one hundred names more were added. In 1844, 
the selectmen were instructed not to license any store. 

In 1849, three organizations were formed, — the " Sons of 
Temperance," the " Daughters of Temperance," and the " Ca- 
dets of Temperance," and exercised a potent influence for sev- 
eral years. They fitted up and dedicated a hall in Diamond 
mill. This year the hotels discontinued the liquor trade. 

The " Good Templars," a society which met with closed 
doors, and to which ladies and gentlemen alike were admitted 
to membership, was started in January, 1867, and for several 
years exercised a healthful influence. 

Another movement was made in 1S72, when a reform club 
was organized, and weekly meetings have since been held. It 
has had a marked success, and its influences upon the commu- 
nity have been salutary. A. V. Hitchcock, C. H. Little, E. A. 
Whipple, Philip Royce, and H. P. Leavitt are among its lead- 
ing members. 

In 1S73, a Catholic temperance society was organized. It 
was composed of Irish citizens, a large proportion of whom 


A Woman's Christian Temperance Union was organized in 
May, 1S77, designed for tbe promotion of temperance: — Mrs. 
Edward Wyman, president; Mrs, A. V. Hitchcock, Mrs. Put- 
nam George, and Mrs. Jacob Reddington, vice-presidents ; Miss 
Mary D. Chellis, secretary ; Miss F. M. Hewlett, treasurer. 



^ I "'HE Pine Street Cemetery, the earliest one in town, is 
-^ situated on the west side of Pine street, just north of the 
residence of George H. Fairbanks. A tract of land for this 
purpose was presented to the town by Benjamin Bragg, by a 
deed bearing date Dec. 31, 177 1. It had been used as a bury- 
ing-place several years before the title was confirmed to the 
town. Tlie first bvn'ial there was that of a child of Maj. Jesse 
Wilcox, the first child born in town. It was born Feb. 28, 
1768, and died March 9 of tlie same year. Here are slabs, 
inai'ble and slate, erected to the memory of Benjamin Giles, 
Ezra Parmelee, Christopher Newton, Samuel Church, the Wil- 
coxes, Hurds, and most of the early settlers. 

The new Pine Street Cemetery, situated on the east side 
of Pine street, south of the Aiken residence, was purchased by 
the town, Aug. 29, 1S14, and was used, by those needing new 
lots, for nearly ten years. 

NoRTHViLLE Cemetery. At the annual meeting, Mai'ch 
10, 1795, it was "Voted that the town buy half an acre of land 
of Joel Wakefield for a burying-place, and fence it." The 
grounds were enlarged in 1876, by additions at the north and 
south. The beautiful pine trees which surround it were planted 
by public-spirited individuals residing in that part of the town. 
The tomb in that place was built by Jonathan Emerson in 1S42. 
This is an important cemetery, is favorably situated, and has 
several fine enclosures. The old Baptist church, an important 
institution in its day, was located just south of the south line of 
this cemetery. 

The Maple Street Cemetery, which is on the south side 
of Maple street and east of the Congregational church, was pur- 


chased in iS24,and was enlarged in iS55,at the south, to nearly 
twice its original extent. It has been the principal one used 
since its purchase. Tradition says there was an animated con- 
troversy over the question whether the new cemetery should 
be located here, or on the plateau north of the present Baptist 
church. Tlie tomb in this cemetery was built in 1S42 by Sam- 
uel Bailey, of Sunapee. The Cheney monument and enclosure, 
the first in town, were erected in 1852, and since then the many 
other monuments and enclosures which adorn the diflerent cem- 

The need of more ample grounds, and a more favored loca- 
tion for the burial of tlic dead, and which should meet the 
wants of after generations, had long been felt ; and in accord- 
ance with tliis feeling, the town, at the annual meeting in 1S73, 
appointed a committee, consisting of George W. Nourse, Dex- 
ter Richards, Edmund Wheeler, Nathaniel O. Page, and Isaac 
A. Reed, to see whether the old grounds could any of them be 
enlarged, and to select suitable grounds for a new cemetery. 
The grounds at Northville, at their suggestion, have been en- 
larged ; but the committee have thus far failed to agree upon 
a locality which combines all the desired requisites. 

The regulations concerning the tolling of the bell, funeral 
ceremonies, and other matters relating to the burial of the dead, 
whicli have since been in practice, were adopted by the town 
at a meeting in 1S41. They were prepared and submitted by 
Amasa Edes, Esq. 

The old hearse, which was of home manufacture, and which 
had been in use many years, gave place, in 1S76, to a new one, 
which is of more modern style, and cost $488. 

The Catholic cemetery, on Summer street, was consecrated 
in August, 1877, by Bishop Ilealy. The land for this purpose 
had been purchased two years previous. 



nPHE town has always exhibited a thoughtfulness and liberal- 
-^ ity towards those whose misfortunes made them depend- 
ent upon public charity for support. In common with other 
towns, in order to protect themselves, they sometimes resorted 
to the legal process of warning out of town those vagrants who 
had been sent here by other towns, or who, having had belonging 
elsewhere, voluntarily came here to obtain support, and had 
often omitted to tax them for the number of years in succession 
requisite to make them legal residents, — but to their own poor 
they were kind and generous. At first, the selectmen procured 
places for them ; afterwards, their maintenance was contracted 
for with the forms of a public auction, being assigned, usually, 
to the lowest bidder, except such as a partial allowance would 
enable to remain with their friends. This practice continued 
until 1S40. At this time the number of persons needing assist- 
ance was so greatly augmented by the great depression of busi- 
ness occasioned by the revulsion of the times, that it was thought 
expedient to purchase a town farm. Accordingly, a committee, 
consisting of Silas Metcalf, Amos Little, and J. M. Wilmarth, 
was appointed to look out a farm. After examining all the 
farms for sale in town, they reported in favor of the one now 
occupied by Augustus Wylie, at Northville, then owned by 
Nathaniel Cotton, and on the loth of March this farm, of 220 
acres, was purchased for the sum of $3,000; but the farm, not 
originally very well adapted to the purpose, and lacking, also, 
in the proper management, soon fell into discredit, and was 
sold, in 1S45, to David Wheeler, Jr., for $2,500. Another farm, — 
the A. G. Savory place, on Thatcher hill, containing some 160 


acres, — was purchased, in 1S60, for $2,000. Subsequently the 
county farm was established, and to it were removed most of 
our poor; and the farm, no longer needed, was sold, in 1S70, 
to Mr. George C. Dean, for the sum of $1,700. 

One pecuniary advantage was thought to result to the town 
from owning a fiirm : it enabled the selectmen to get rid of 
those leeches who were preying upon the public, but who would 
rather earn their own bread than go to the poor-farm. 



/^ALEB ELLIS was the first lawyer in town. He was born 
^-^ in Walpole, Mass. ; graduated at Harvard college in 1793. 
When admitted to the bar he settled in this town, and here, in 
iSoo, received his first political honors. From this town he 
removed to Cornish, and from there shortly after to Claremont. 
He was a representative in congress from 1S05 to 1S09 ; was a 
member of the council ; and in 181 1 was elected to the state 
senate. In 181 2 he was one of the electors of president and 
vice-president. In 1813 he was appointed judge of the supreme 
court of New Hampshire, and continued in that office until his 
death, which occurred May 9, 1S16, at the age of forty-nine 

Hubbard Newton, born Jan. i, 1780, was a son of Chris- 
topher and Mary (Giles) Newton, who came from Groton, 
Conn., in 1779. His early youth was devoted to farming. 
After a thorough preliminary training, he entered Dai'tmouth 
college, and graduated with honor in the class of 1S04. 
He chose the legal profession, the study of which he pursued 
in the office of Samuel Bell, Esq., at Francestown. He was 
admitted to the bar, and commenced practice in this town in 
1806. He was at Amherst for five years, and subsequently, 
as law partner with his son, Wm. F. Newton, at Claremont, 
for two years, but spent most of his active life in his chosen 
occupation in his native town. He had a taste for agriculture, 
and was engaged for many years in farming. He was one of 
the originators and a trustee of the Newport academy, was 
superintending school committee, took a deep interest in ed- 
ucational matters, and was one of the earliest advocates of 


temperance on the basis of total abstinence, dciivcring many 
adchesses in this and adjoining towns. He was moderator 
seven years, and a representative in 1S14 and 1S15. [See 
Literature, Press, and Genealogy.] 

Weare Tappan was born in East Kingston, N. II., March 
3, 1790; titled for college at Atkinson and Exeter academies ; 
graduated at Dartmouth college in iSii; studied law with 
Judge Ellis, of Claremont ; came to this town and commenced 
the practice of his profession. He was a law partner with 
Hubbard Newton, Esq. He shortly, however, removed to 
Bradfortl, and opened an office, where he continued in the prac- 
tice of the law until his death, which occurred April 6, 1S68, at 
the age of seventv-eight years. He married Lucinda Atkins, of 
Claremont, by whom he had five children, a part of them born 
here, — Mason W., the oldest son [see sketch] ; Caroline L., 
wife of Daniel W. Carr ; Elizabeth A.^ wife of Joseph K. 
Lund ; Helen J/, wife of Silas Wilkins, all residing at Brad- 
ford ; and Charles C, a United States mail agent, residing at 

Amasa Edes was born in Antrim, N. H., March 2r, 1792. 
The greater part of his minority was spent at Peterborough. 
Resided also at West Brook, Me., and at Keene. He gradu- 
ated from Dartmouth college in 1S17 ; read law one year in the 
office of Wilson & Porter at Belfast, Me., and two years with 
James Wilson, senior, at Keene ; and was admitted to the bar 
in 1S23. In December of that year he came to Newport, 
where he has since continued in the practice of his profession. 
He has naturally a legal mind. It is related of him, as a 
lawyer, that in his very early student life the more advanced 
students in the same office would submit to him cases laid 
down in the books for opinion, and that his decisions, from 
his intuitive sense of justice, were almost uniformly in ac- 
cordance with those given by the court. He was one of 
the pioneers in the cause of temperance, and has ever been 
its earnest advocate. He is also a warm friend of educa- 
tion, and was for several years principal of the New Ips- 
wich academy, and subsequently of the academy at Newport. 


He was a trustee of the Newport academy, and often one 
of the superintending school committee of the town. He was 
a representative in 1S34, ^"<^ ^^ ^°^ President of the Sullivan 
County Bar. 

David Hale descended from a brother of Sir Matthew 
Hale, and was born at Alstead, in this state, in 1783. He was 
the oldest of a large family, and being obliged to provide means 
for his own education, was compelled to depend upon that 
hereditary mental wealth which for generations seems to have 
been the portion of his kindred. He had not the advantages of 
a college education, but his inquiring mind as well as assidu- 
ous habits of thought enabled him to take a prominent posi- 
tion among our scholars. He studied law, and was admitted 
to the bar in iSii. He then opened an office in Newport, 
where he practised his profession until his death. He married 
Sarah Josepha Buell, oldest daughter of Gordon Buell, of New- 
port. He died in 1822, leaving five children, the oldest in his 
eighth year. To educate these children in some measure as 
their father would have done, was the motive which induced 
his widow to devote herself to literature. By the aid of the 
Masonic friends of her husband, — Mr. Hale having been a 
prominent Free Mason, — this object was successfully pursued. 
[See Genealogy.] 

JosiAH FoRSAiTH, son of Dca. William and Jane (Wilson) 
Forsaith, was of Scottish descent, and was born at Deering, 
N. H., Dec. 14, 1780, and died at Newport, March 30, 1846. He 
fitted for college, and was graduated at Dartmouth, in the class 
of 1807. He read law with Hon. George Baxter Upham and 
Hon. Caleb Ellis, both of Claremont. He was admitted to 
the bar, and practised his profession at Goflstown, in this state, 
and at Boston, Mass., from 1810 to 1822, at the end of which 
time he came to Newport, and here continued in practice until 
his decease. He took an interest in educational matters, gave 
private tuition, and was a superintending school committee. 
He was a representative in 1841. In connection with James 
Breck, Esq., he built the Eagle hotel, now Eagle block, which 
was a fashionable house, and in its day added greatly to the at- 
tractions of the village. 


Ralph Metcalf was born at Charlestown, N. H., Nov. 
21, 179S. He was son of John Metcalf, who came to that 
place, in 1792, without money, without friends, and without 
acquaintance, and purchased the farm on which his son, Hon. 
Horace Metcalf, now lives, and who married the only daughter of 
John and Kcziah (Nichols) Converse, who originated in Rhode 
Island, and grandson of Samuel Metcalf, of Oakham, Mass., 
who was an officer in the Revolution, and died soon after the 
close of the war, leaving seven sons and five daughters, and 
who married a lady by the name of Montague, who was of a 
highly respectable Irish family. 

Mr. Metcalf lived with his father, laboring on the farm, till 
August, iSiS, when, owing to a lameness, he decided to engage 
in some profession. He fitted for college at Chester academy, 
Vermont, under the charge of Joel Manning, Esq., and a Mr. 
Holton. In August, 1S19, he entered Dartmouth college, and 
continued his studies till the fall of 1S21, when, against the 
kind and sound advice of Professors Haddock and Chamber- 
lain, he accepted an invitation to become a professor at Norwich 
University. The next year, however, at commencement, he 
was readmitted to his class, and graduated with them in 1S23. 
He then entered the office of Gov. Hubbard, at Charlestown, 
where he remained two years, with the exception of three 
months, which he spent in the office of Richard Bartlett, Esq., 
of Concord. In the summer of 1S25 he went into the office of 
Hon. George B. Upham, of Claremont, where he remained till 
he was admitted to the bar in September, 1S26. He then came 
to Newport, and began practice in the office formerly occupied 
by David Hale, Esq., then lately deceased, where he remained 
until 1S2S, when he went to Binghampton, N. Y., residing 
there till 1S30, when he returned to New Hampshire and 
opened an office at Claremont. In June, 1S31, he was elected 
secretary of state, and removed to Concord. While secretary, 
he was appointed, by Gov. Badger and council, to tlie office of 
attorney-general, which office he declined. He held the office 
of secretary till 1S3S — seven years. Soon-after this, Hon. Levi 
Woodbury, then secretary of the treasury, ofiered him a clerk- 
ship in his department at Washington, which he accepted, and 
held till 1S40, when, not pleased with life at the capital, he 


resigned and returned to New Hampshire. While at Washing- 
ton he was proffered the cliair of an editor of one of the lead- 
ing journals, with a most lucrative salary attached, which he 
declined. Upon his return, he opened an office at Plymouth, 
but remained less than a year, when he returned to Newport, 
■where he had begun his professional career. In October, 1845, 
he was appointed register of probate for the county of Sullivan. 
He was a representative in 1S53 and 1853 ; was one of a com- 
mittee of three to codify the laws of New Hampshire in 1853 ; 
was trustee of the insane asylum in 1S55 ; and governor of New 
Hampshire in 1855 and 1856. 

Gov. Metcalf was a great lover of romance, and always read 
and re-read all the standard authors. He wielded a ready and 
humorous pen, and once won a valuable prize offered for the 
best original poem. Few are the men who are so fond of social 
life, or who have contributed so freely to its promotion. He 
died at Claremont, where he had removed, Aug. 26, 1858, 
aged 63 years. 

In January, 1835, he married Lucretia Ann, daughter of Na- 
than Bingham, Esq., of Claremont. She died April i, 1836, 
leaving an infant three weeks old, which died the August fol- 
lowing. November 10, 1S43, he married Martha Ann, daugh- 
ter of Capt. John Gilmore, of this town. 

Ralphs born Aug. 8, 1844; graduated at Norwich Univer- 
sity ; is a broker in Nebraska. 

JFrances E.^ born Aug. 16, 1845 ; married, Jan. 33, 1867, 
Col. McDermid, of Chicago, 111. 

Benjamin B. French [see Literature, also Press] was a 
clerk of the court while he remained in town. He was a law- 
yer by profession, and practised to some extent while here. 
His time, however, was mainly absorbed in his editorial and 
clerical duties. 

Edmund Burke. The subject of this sketch was born, in 
the town of Westminster, Vt, on the 33d day of January, 1S09. 
His father was a farmer, not wealthy, but possessed of a com- 
petency quite sufficient for the support of himself and a numer- 
ous family. His circumstances, however, required that he 
should labor with constant industry, — the lot of most New Eng- 

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land farmers, — and bring his family up to the same habits of 
active toil. The subject of this notice was not exempt from 
the salutary training and discipline in the habits of robust and 
health-giving labor, from which but few of the sons of the tillers 
of the soil are exempt. lie labored with his father, from the 
time his age and strength would permit, until he was fit'teen 
years of age, going to the common-school of the village in which 
he was born, in the summers in the tenderer years of his life, 
and during the winters when he had arrived at an age when 
his services were valuable and necessary upon the farm. 

At the age of fifteen his father, unable to give him an academ- 
ical education, but desiring that he should have every advan- 
tage in his power, to give him a respectable position in society, 
proposed that he should make an effort to become a member of 
one of the learned professions, offering to give him his time, 
and promising to extend to him such aid as might be in his 
power, if he would accept the generous oflcr of his parent. 
He readily embraced the opportunity, and immediately began 
tiie study of Latin, with the view of pursuing the study of the 
law. He continued the study of that language with great in- 
dustry for six months, under the tutorship, first, of William F. 
Hall, Esq., formerly of Bellows Falls, Vt., and recently a clerk 
in one of the departments at Washington, and subsequently of 
tlie late Chief-Justice Henry A. Bellows of this state; and at 
the end of that time, being then in his sixteenth year, he en- 
tered as a student at law in the office of the Hon. William C. 
Bradley, of Westminster, then and for a long time one of the 
most eminent counsellors and jurists of the state. Mr. Bradley 
was also distinguished as a politician as well as lawyer, and 
possessed conversational powers of most remarkable eloquence 
and brilliancy. It is not strange that he should insinuate his 
opinions and principles (which were of the Democratic school 
of politics) into the mind of a susceptible and impressible young 
man. To this circumstance, and also to the hereditary princi- 
ples of his family, enforced by the precept and example of his 
father, — who was a devoted disciple of the Jeflersonian school, 
and was also a man of extensive reading, for one in his station 
in life, and possessed of a strong mind, — Mr. Burke undoubtedly 
owes the very decided political cast of his character. 


Having followed his professional studies during a period of 
nearly five years, the term required of students who had not the 
advantage of graduation at a college, Mr. Burke was admitted 
to the bar of Windham county in that state. He was soon after 
admitted in Cheshire county, in this state, and in the spring 
following (April, 1S30) he emigrated to Coos county. He 
first settled in the town of Colebrook, but subsequently removed 
to Whitefield, where he made a permanent location. JNIr. Burke 
remained in Whitefield, in the practice of his profession, until 
the fall of 1833, when he removed to Claremont, in Sullivan 
county, in order to take the editorial charge of a newspaper in 
that town called the Argus. 

It is proper here to remark, that ^Ir. Burke has been often 
heard to observe that he never spent three years of his life so 
profitably as those he spent in the town of Whitefield. He 
says he went into Cotis county with the impression that the 
people were less informed than those who lived in regions 
loiTger settled, but he soon found his error. On the contrary, 
he says he has never met with a community of men generally 
more intelligent, more imbued with strong common-sense, more 
patriotic in sentiment, and more generous in their feelings, than 
he found in Coos county. Among these people he laid in a 
large store of practical knowledge of men and things. 

But to resume the thread of our narrative : His connection 
with the Arg'tis was Mr. Burke's first introduction to the edito- 
rial profession, and perhaps the foundation of his subsequent 
political career. Of course the Argns, under his control, was 
a political paper. Democratic in its politics, and of very 
decided character. After publishing the Argtts in Claremont 
till the autumn of 1S34. Mr. Burke was induced to remove, 
with his paper, to this town, where, with the exception of 
a residence of five years at Washington, D. C, he has ever 
since resided, and now resides. A short period after his 
removal, the Argus was united with the JVew Hampshire 
Spectator, then owned by the Hon. Simon Brown, — the new 
paper assuming the title of Argus a^id Spectator, and being 
also, under the editorial control of Mr. Burke. Our space 
will not permit us to comment particularly on Mr. Burke's 
career as an editor while in charge of the Argus a7id Spectator. 


It is sufficient to say, that, under his control, that journal advo- 
cated with great zeal the radical doctrines of the party to whose 
interests it was devoted, and, we believe, to the very general 
satisfaction of its patrons. It is due to Mr. Burke to say, that 
he started some doctrines in the columns of the Ar^^zis and 
Spectator^ which were regarded by some of his own support- 
ers as rather novel and startling at the time, but which have 
since become cherished articles of faith in the Democratic creed. 

So industriously and ably had Mr. Burke conducted his pa- 
per, that at the end of three years he had acquired a reputation 
as a political writer which induced the late ex-President Polk, 
and the late Felix M. Grundy, then United States senator from 
Tennessee, to offer Mr. Burke the editorship of the Union^ the 
leading Democratic organ of that state, published at Nashville, 
at a high salary. Mr. Burke accepted the offer, and published 
his valedictory in the A7-g7(s and Spectator, preparatory to his 
migrating to Tennessee. But many of his patrons, hearing of 
his intention, proposed to him to remain ; and, as an induce- 
ment, they offered him the nomination for congress, then, by 
the usages of his party, due to Sullivan county. This high and 
unexpected compliment an aspiring and ambitious young man 
could not decline. He accordingly permitted his name to be 
used, and succeeded in obtaining the nomination. This was in 
the summer of 1838. In the election of March, 1S39, Mr. 
Burke, with his colleagues on the Democratic ticket, was 
elected a representative for New Hampshire in the twenty- 
sixth congress of the United States, being then but thirty years 
of age. He took his seat in that body at the commencement of 
the session of 1839-40, and was subsequently twice reelected, — 
making, in the whole, a congressional term of six years. 

In referring to his congressional career, we think we do Mr. 
Burke no more than justice to say that it was creditable to him- 
self and honorable to the state. He w\is a true party man, and 
the few speeches made by him while he was a member were 
devoted to the support of the principles and measures of the 
Democratic party. They secured to their author great popu- 
larity witii his party. His speech upon the independent treas- 
ury, and also his speech upon the tariff, are monuments of in- 
tellectual labor, of which any man might be proud. They bear 


the marks of profound and critical research. But there was 
one speech dehvered by Mr. Burke, while a member of con- 
gress, which commanded the applause of all his constituents, 
without distinction of party. We allude to his eloquent and 
beautiful defence of our state against the rude and unprovoked 
attack of a Mr. Arnold, a member from Tennessee. We have 
seldom read a retort so condensed, conclusive, and overwhelm- 
ing. This effort alone entitles Mr. Burke to the gratitude and 
praise of every true son of New Hampshire, and fully justified 
his claim to the high regards of the native-born citizens of the 
Granite state. While a member of congress, he was also an ac- 
tive, industrious, and efficient member of important commit- 
tees, — among otliers of the select committee appointed to in- 
vestigate the suffrage movement in Rhode Island, of which he 
was chairman, and in which capacity he prepared a long re- 
port, based upon the principles of Democracy and of the con- 
stitution. It was regarded by the leaders of the Suffrage party 
as the best political history of Rhode Island ever written. The 
Rhode Island report is a monument to the capacity of Mr. 
Burke for rapid and efficient work. In consequence of an un- 
expectedly early adjournment of congress, Mr. Burke had but 
thirty-six hours in which to write his report, and arrange the 
voluminous documents connected with it, for publication. The 
report embraces one hundred large congressional printed pages 
and two hundred and thirty-two documents, all making eleven 
hundi'ed and fifty printed pages of matter. Mr. Burke com- 
menced this great labor on Saturday night, and on the next 
Monday morning the report was written, the documents all 
collated and numbered, and the report made to the House, pre- 
cisely as it was subsequently printed. 

At the close of Mr. Burke's congressional career, which was 
in the spring of 1S45, his party having been successful in the 
preceding presidential election, he was, without solicitation or 
knowledge on his part, tendered by Mr. Polk, the new presi- 
dent, the office of commissioner of patents, which he accepted, 
and upon the duties of which he entered on the 5th day of May, 
1845. He continued to perform the duties of that office until 
the accession of Gen. Taylor to the presidency, when he was 
superseded by Mr. Ewbank, of New York. In the discharge 


of the duties of this office, Mr. Burke disphiyetl the same inde- 
fatigable habits of industry, and the same close and critical 
research, which had distinguished him in other positions. His 
reports, while commissioner of patents, embraced a vast amount 
of valuable information, gathered from a wide field of investiga- 
tion, and presented in a form which made them both accepta- 
ble and popular with the country. Under Mr. Burke's admin- 
istration the patent office assumed a position and importance 
which it had never before enjoyed, and contributed its full 
share to the popularity of Mr. Polk's administration. 

But while Mr. Burke held the office of commissioner of pat- 
ents, his labors were not altogether confined to the mere duties 
of his office. During that period he wrote those papers upon 
the taritr, entitled the " Bundelcund Essays," originally pub- 
lished in tlie Washington Union^ but subsequently in pamphlet 
form, and circulated by tens of thousands in every state in the 
Republic. Referring to these papers, a writer in the Dem- 
ocratic Review says, — "After the close of the session of 1844 
and 1S45, when some of our timid friends began to express 
doubts as to the propriety of attempting to carry out the pledge 
of the Baltimore Democratic convention upon the question of 
the tarifl', Mr. Burke, appreciating the danger which this hesita- 
tion threatened to the policy of the Democratic party, boldly 
stepped forward as its champion, and contributed to the col- 
umns of the Union the well-known series of essa3'S on, or, 
rather, against, the protection system, published over the sig- 
nature of ' Bundelcund.' Nothing before, emanating from his 
fruitful pen. had so served to spread his fame, for they were 
immediately republished, wholly or in part, in nearly every 
Democratic paper in the Union, and, from their appearance 
until the final vote on the tarifi' in 1S46, were the object of in- 
cessant and virulent attacks from the opposition. The Dem- 
ocratic party, with few exceptions, planted themselves firmly 
on the principles there laid down l)y Mr. Burke, which, being 
adopted by the committee of ways and means of the house of 
representatives, and by the treasury department, were made 
the basis of the revenue law so triumphantly passed on the 30th 
of July, 1S46." 
After Mr. Burke retired from the patent-office, he formed a 


connection with the late celebrated Thomas Richie, by which 
he became a joint editor of the Washington Union. He re- 
mained connected with the Unio7i one year, during which he 
contributed a large amount of the editorial matter which ap- 
peared in its columns. He had, also, while he was at the head 
of the patent-office, been a liberal contributor to that paper, as 
well to its editorial columns as in the shape of communications. 
And we may truthfully add, that he has, for the last thirty 
years, been an industrious and fertile writer, as the columns of 
many newspapers can attest, and has achieved, by his labors in 
connection with the press, a high position among the editorial 

The term of Mr. Burke's connection with the Washington 
Union having expired, he, in the summer of 1S50, returned, 
with his family, to his residence in this town, where he now 
remains in the practice of his profession, and employing him- 
self in tliose literary pursuits congenial to a man of taste, and 
necessary to an active mind imbued with a desire for the 
accumulation of knowledge. 

In conclusion, we will add, that Mr. Burke is truly a self- 
made man. In the outset of his career he had no friends pos- 
sessed of wealth and influence to aid him. He had to depend 
upon himself alone. The writer of this has heard him remark 
that he graduated at a common village school, having never at- 
tended an academy or college a day in his life, and having had 
no other assistance or tuition than that which he received while 
acquiring a sufficiency of Latin preparatory to entering upon 
his legal studies. And he has informed us that he ceased to 
attend the village school at the age of fourteen, having never 
attended any school subsequent to that period. His success in 
life is a bright example of industry, j^erseverance, and energy, 
which we commend to the youth in humble circumstances who 
has the ambition to aspire to the higher positions of usefulness 
and honor in society. 

He married, Dec. i, 1840, Ann Matson [see following 
sketch] ; married, 2d, Nov. 29, 1S66, Mary Elizabeth Whit- 
ney, born Sept. 14, 1834. Had one daughter by first wife, — 
Frances Matson., born Oct. 7, 1S47 5 iTiarried Col. George H. 


Mrs. Ann i\fatson Bt/rke., who is the subject of the follow- 
ing sketch, was the first wife of Hon. Edinund Burke, of this 
town. She was the daugliter of the late Francis and Susan 
Matson, of Stoddard, N. H., and grand-daughter of the late 
Hon. Aaron Matson, — -a man of property, influence, and note in 
his day ; a member of congress from this state, besides holding 
many other offices of honor and responsibility under the gov- 
ernmeuts of the state and the United States. Mrs. Burke was 
born in Stoddard, on the 20th day of June, 1S33 ; was married 
to Mr. Burke on the ist day of December, 1S40; and died in 
this town on the 25th day of January, 1857, "^ *^'^^ yQvy prime 
and bloom of womanhood, being in the 34th year of her age at 
the time of her decease. Her grandmother, on her father's 
side, whose maiden name was Frances Carpenter, was a direct 
lineal descendant of Peregrine White, who was born on the 
Mayflower on its j^assage from England to this country, bring- 
ing its freight of pilgrims seeking a home and " freedom to 
worship God," who subsequently landed on Plymouth Rock, in 
Massachusetts, Dec. 20, 1620. Mrs. Aaron Matson, who, with 
her venerable and honored husband, spent the last years of her 
life in this town, in the immediate neighborhood and society of 
their grand-daughter and sole descendant, was a woman gifted 
with much more than ordinary ability. She received a supe- 
rior education for the time in which she lived, and was possess- 
ed of many of the graces of character and manners which af- 
terwards shone so conspicuously in her grand-daughter. As an 
incident, it is proper to remark that Mrs. Burke, in her life- 
time, was the possessor of a copper tea-kettle, which, accord- 
ing to tradition in the family, was brought over in the May- 
flower by the family of Mr. White, became the property of 
Peregrine, and from him has been handed down in a direct line 
of descent until it has come into the possession of Mrs. Frances 
M. Dana, the only daughter and child of Mr. and Mrs. Burke. 

^Irs. Burke was educated at the academy of Miss Fiske, of 
Keene, N. H., one of the most celebrated seminaries for the 
education of ladies then known in New England, from which 
she graduated with high honor. Miss Fiske was a lady who 
did not forget the accomplishments of manner and person in 



her system of education ; and of these Mrs. Burke acquired 
her full share. 

Immediately after her marriage, she went to Washington 
with her husband, where she spent the winter, and subsequent- 
ly was with him during other seasons, while he was in con- 
gress ; and while he was at the head of the patent office, and 
during the time he was connected with the Washington Union^ 
she was a permanent resident of that city. The official posi- 
tion of her husband gave her access to the most refined and 
polished circles of the political metropolis of the Union, an 
opportunity and advantage which she was quick to appropriate 
and improve. 

Although the life of Mrs. Burke was of comparatively brief 
duration, she lived long enough to make a deep impression 
upon the social circle in which she moved, and upon her more 
intimate relatives and friends, inspiring in the hearts of the lat- 
ter the most devoted love and attachment. She was a woman 
possessed of great beauty of person, and the most charming 
qualities of mind and disposition. She was gifted with con- 
versational powers of great brilliancy ; and in social converse 
v/ith her friends, her whole soul seemed to be transfused into 
her countenance, giving her an animation, charm, and grace 
which won and captivated all who came within the circle of 
her presence. Her life was the constant expression of a beau- 
tiful character. She was always mild, amiable, and sympathiz- 
ing, never uttering an expression to any one which could wound 
or oftend. She was the idol of her own family circle, always 
swaying the sceptre of her domestic realm with love and 
gentleness. She was always forbearing and for peace. "• Speak 
gently," and " a soft answer turneth away wrath," were the 
constant maxims by which her intercourse with others was 
guided. To the poor, and especially to those of her own sex, 
she was a ministering angel in their afflictions, always bestow- 
ing acts of kindness and charity, and personal services when 
needed. Notwithstanding her long residence in Washington, 
during which she mingled with the gayest and most cultivated 
circles of society, which might inspire in some persons a spirit 
of exclusiveness in her social relations, to her honor be it said, 
that to the influence of her example, more than to any other 


one cause, arc we indebted for the absence of that spirit which 
would divide society into cxchisive circles founded upon imag- 
inary superiority, which has been the bane of so many towns, 
and the absence of wliich has rendered Newport the charmed 
vina<ije of New Hampshire. 

Her hist illness, which terminated in her death, and during 
which she was at times a great sufierer, was borne with heroic 
patience and resignation ; and when the inevitable hour came, 
she sank into the arms of her Heavenly Father without a mur- 
mur, assuring her weeping relatives, in her last moments, that 
it was not hard to die. It is not strange that such a woman 
should be warmly loved in life, and deeply lamented in death. 
Her untimely departure from the scene of her earthly pilgrim- 
age w\as felt to be a great loss to society as well as to her family, 
to whom she was endeared by the strongest ties of love and 

David Allen, Jr., was born Dec. i, 1S05. He spent most 
of his minority with his father at farm work. He was educated 
at the common-school and at the Newport academy ; after which 
he went to Johnstown, N. Y., and spent several years in teach- 
ing. He turned his attention to the law, the studies of which 
he pursued with Hon. Edmund Burke, of this town, and with 
Hon. Ebenezer Allen, a brother, then at Orono, Me. After 
being admitted to the bar, he opened an office at Perrysburg, 
Ohio, but shortlv returned to this town and took the office and 
law business of Hon. Edmund Burke, who was absent at 
Washington, D. C, where he was a member of congress and 
a commissioner of patents, and here continued the practice of 
his profession until his death, which occurred Sept. i, 1S51. 
He was a representative in 1S49 ''^"*^^ 1S50, and was also a su- 
perintending school committee. Married Emeline B. Sanborn, 
of Sanbornton. 

Lewis Smith, a nephew of Capt. Scth Richards, was born 
in Eastford, Conn., June 5, 1S15. He fitted for college at Union 
academy, Bennington, Vt. ; studied law two years in Vermont 
and two years with the Hon. Edmund Burke in this town, and 
was here admitted to the bar and commenced practice. He 


opened an office at Henniker in 1841, where he remained ten 
years; was five years at Nashua; since which time he has 
been at Hastings, Minn. In each pLace he has enjoyed a wide 
practice. He was clerk and assistant clerk of the New Hamp- 
shire house of representatives six years ; was a member of the 
house and of the constitutional convention while at Henniker ; 
secretary of the territorial council of Minnesota in 1S57 ' ^^^'^ 
at different times has represented the county of Dakotah in each 
branch of the legislature. 

David Dickey, a graduate at Dartmouth college, was in 
practice here for several years, commencing in 1842, when he 
removed to Haverhill. 

Austin Corbin, son of Hon. Austin Corbin, was born July 
II, 1S37. He was well educated, and at the age of nineteen 
commenced the study of the law, pursuing the same with Hon. 
Edmund L. Gushing, of Charlestown, since chief-justice of New 
Hampshire, and later with Hon. Ralph Metcalf, afterwards 
governor of the state. His legal education was completed at the 
Harvard Law School, where he received his degree in 1849. 
In that year he was admitted to the bar, and at once began 
practice as the partner of his former teacher, Mr. Metcalf. 
Here he practised for two years, and with great success, but, 
desiring a wider field, determined to remove to the West, which 
he did in the fall of 1S51, locating himself at Davenport, Iowa. 

In Davenport he resided till 1865. During all this time he 
was engaged in the practice of his profession, — first, alone, then 
as the senior partner of the firm of Corbin & Dow, and after- 
wards of Corbin, Dow & Brown. These firms took high rank 
in the state ; and for some years no law firm in Iowa had a 
more extensive or more successful practice. During the later 
years, however, Mr. Corbin had very little to do in the active 
practice of his profession. In 1854 he became interested in 
banking, as the partner of Mr. Louis A . Macklot, under the 
firm name of Macklot & Corbin ; and from that time on he oc- 
cupied a very prominent position in the state in that business. 
In 1857 there were seven banks and banking-houses in the city ; 
and in the severe times that followed the financial troubles of 


that year, every one suspended except that of Macklot Sc Cor- 
bin. Tliat house met all demands promptly, and paid deposit- 
ors in full. 

In iS6i,Mr. Corbin sold his interest in the house to his part- 
ner, and retired from the business; but in 1S63, immediately 
upon the passage of the national currency act, he organized the 
First National Bank of Davenport, became its president, and 
commenced business on the 29th day of June, 1S63, which was 
two days in advance of any national bank in the United States. 
The result of the organization of this bank was also most sue- 
cessful. In June, 1S65, after the bank had been in business two 
years, and had paid dividends of 15 per cent, per annum, its 
stock was worth $250 on the books, and very soon thereafter 
sold for $300. 

This year Mr. Corbin sold out all his stock, and nearly all 
the property he had in that county, and removed to New York, 
where he established himself in the banking business, and 
where he has since been. His first partner in New York was 
Mr. Oilman S. Moulton. He retired in 1S70; and then Mr. 
Corbin organized '• The Corbin Banking Company." This is 
a private company, under the laws of New York, issuing no 
notes, but with stock, as in other banks, except that all share- 
holders are individually liable to the extent of their entire es- 
tates for the debts of the compai>y. Connected with him are 
several prominent capitalists ; and the company stands high, as 
well in New York as in the West, where they do a very large 
business. A large part of this is the lending of money upon 
farms ; and they are reported to have on their books collections 
of this character amounting to over $15,000,000. In this spe- 
cial class of investments they have larger dealings than anv 
other firm in the world. 

Mr. Corbin is also largely interested in stock companies for 
the investment of capital, outside of his own, — " The New Eng- 
land Loan Company," at Manchester, N. H., and the " New- 
England Mortgage Security Company," at Boston. He has 
also large holdings of stock in the "American Mortgage Com- 
pany of Scotland," at Edinburgh, the Corbin Banking Com- 
pany being its American correspondents. 

But probably no undertaking of his life has met with such 


immediate and signal success as the organization of the Man- 
hattan Beach enterprise near New York city. In 1873 he was 
compelled, under the advice of his physician, to go at once, 
with his sick child, to the seashore ; and taking the nearest 
one at hand, went to Coney island. Here the family remained 
most of the summer, and during his sojourn he was astonished 
to find, within an hour of New York city, the finest sea-beach on 
the Atlantic coast. But its proximity to the great city had 
made it largely the resort of the worst portions of society ; and, 
so far as its front was occupied, it was constructed of poor 
buildings. A portion — nearly half the island, and the best part — 
was wholly unoccupied, the titles being in very great dis- 
order. This portion Mr. Corbin determined to secure, redeem 
from its bad reputation, and build up and preserve for the 
better classes of New York. After three years of work, and at 
great expense, he acquired all the titles, and had under his con- 
trol an ocean front of 2^ miles, and a territory of over 500 
acres, extending from ocean to bay. He then organized a rail- 
way company, to which the whole was conve3'ed ; and in 1S77, 
on the 19th day of July, it was opened to the public. On the 
ocean a magnificent hotel — the finest seaside hotel in America 
— had been erected ; extensive bathing-houses had been built ; 
and the Railwav hotel and grounds were crowded with guests 
the balance of the season. During the years 1S77 and 1S78, 
the railway carried over 1,600.000 people. It has been already 
a very great, and is destined in the future to be a much greater, 
blessing to the citizens of New York. Its hotel, its bathing 
facilities, and its police system, are unequalled in any city on 
this continent. Mr. Corbin has received from every source, 
public and private, high praise for the conception of this grand 
idea, and the grand manner in which it has been carried out. 
[See Genealogy.] 

Samuel H. Edes, son of Amasa Edes, Esq., was born in 
Newport, March 31, 1S25. After a preparatory course at Kim- 
ball Union Academy, he entered Dartmouth college, graduat- 
ing in 1844, the youngest member of his class ; studied the 
profession of law in his father's ofiice, and was admitted to Sul- 
livan county bar in 1851. He has twice held the office of 


county solicitor, having been appointed in the years 1S54 and 
1S74; and was chosen to represent the town in the legishiture 
in 1S60. He was an untiring and zealous workman in the cause 
of the common-schools of the town, and did much towards pro- 
moting the Union district scheme of the village schools, and 
is now an officer of its board of education. He was also ac- 
tively engaged in the organization of the fire department of 
Newport on its present efficient basis. In addition to the busi- 
ness of his profession, he has been quite largely engaged in 
farming, and since 1S65 as a manufacturer of flannels at the 
Eagle Flannel Mills in Newport; also in the dry goods and 
millinery trade, in connection with his son, George C. Edes. 
The aqueduct supplying pure water to the village from Cold 
spring, aliout one mile in length, was constructed by him 
in 1S56, and relaid with New Jersey patent iron and cement 
pipes in 1S62, — the first laid in the slate, 

Levi W. Barton, son of Bazaleel Barton, 2cl, was born in 
Croydon, March i, iSiS. The pecuniary condition of liis fa- 
ther's fiimily was such as to demand his time and labor in early 
boyhood ; and hence his attendance upon the district school 
was restricted to short terms in the winter season — and these 
with occasional interruptions — until his eighteenth birth-day, 
after which he attended several terms at the academy at Unity. 
In 1S39 '^'^ married Miss Mary A. Pike, of Newport. She died 
the following year. After securing a home for his infant son 
— afterwards the late Col. Ira McL. Barton — in tlie tamily of 
a sister, Mrs. Amos Kidder, then at Canaan, he commenced a 
preparatorv course of study at Kimball Union Academv, with 
a zeal which would listen to no discouragements. He entered 
Dartmouth college in Jul}-, 1S44, and was graduated in tiie class 
of 1S4S. During his senior year at college he began reading 
law with Hon. Daniel Blaisdell, of Hanover. Immediately af- 
ter graduating he commenced teaching in the Canaan academy, 
and at the same time entered, as a student, the law office of 
Hon. Jonathan Kittredge, — since a judge of the supreme court, 
— wlicre he remained till January, 1S51, when he came to 
Newport, and linished his course of legal study with Messrs. 
Metcalf & Corbin, and was here admitted to the bar in July of 


the same year. He immediately opened an office in Newport, 
where lie has since been activel}' engaged in the practice of his 
profession. . He was a law partner of Hon. Ralph Metcalf at 
the time of his election as governor in 1855. While his profes- 
sional duties have claimed a large share of his attention, he 
has found time to engage, to some extent, in farming, stock- 
raising, and fruit-growing. 

In 1S55, '5^' ^""^^ '57' ^^^ '^'^^^ register of deeds for Sullivan 
county; was county solicitor from 1859 to 1864; was repre- 
sentative in 1S63, 1864, 1S75, 1876, and 1877; ^'^^ ""^^^ state 
senator in 1867 and 1S68. He has held a leading position in 
the house and senate ; and, during his entire term of service in 
both branches, has been a member of the judiciary committee, 
and for five years its chairman. During the sessions of 1875 
and 1876 he was chairman of the Republican legislative caucus, 
and as such did much towards moulding legislation, and the 
avoidance of extreme measures which might have resulted in 
injury. In 1866 he was chairman of a board of commissioners 
appointed by the governor to audit and report the war indebt- 
edness of the state. He was a member of the convention for 
the revision of the state constitution in 1876, and the same 
year one of the Republican electors of president and vice- 
president of the United States. He was appointed bank com- 
missioner by Gov. Harriman, but declined. He was appointed 
in 1877 one of the commission to revise and codify the laws 
of New Hampshire, which duty he performed. He has been 
twice a candidate for congress, and, though failing of a nomi- 
nation, received a liberal support. August 25, 1S52, he was 
again married to Miss Lizzie F. Jewett, of Nashua. [See 

Samuel Metcalf Wheeler, son of Albira, and grand- 
son of Dea. Abel Wheeler, was born August 9, 1823, in 
Newport. He was educated mainly at our common-schools, 
with subsequent advantages afforded him at academies in 
Vermont, his father having removed to Royalton in that state 
in 1S41. Choosing law as his profession, he commenced its 
study in the office of Tracy & Converse, then the leading law- 
yers of the state, at Woodstock, Vt. He returned to Newport 



and, after spending several months in the oflice of Metcalf & 
Corbin, was here admitted to the bar in 1S47. He then opened 
an office here. After a brief but successful practice of three 
years here, he removed to Concord, and from thence, shortly 
after, in 18^3, to Dover, where he soon became a leading mem- 
ber of the Strafibrd county bar, a position which he has main- 
tained for twenty-five years, and which he still retains. Since 
his residence in Dover, he has been connected nearly all of the 
time with tlie banking institutions of that city, as director or 
trustee. In January, 1S5S, he was elected president of the 
Langdon Bank, as he was also that of the Dover National Bank 
upon its formation in 1S65. He has been a member of the leg- 
islature five years, and in 1S69 and 1870 was speaker of the 
house. He was a member of the statV of Gov. Stearns, and at 
one time was a prominent candidate for member of congress. 
He was a delegate to the constitutional convention of 1876, and 
took an active part in its deliberations. He married, May 17, 
1S53, Priscilla E. Clement, of Franklin, a lady of culture. He 
has two daughters, both of whom are educated, — Sarah A., 
born Nov. 10, 1S54, and Betsey y., born April i, 1856. 

Albert S. Wait was born April 14, 182 1, in Chester, Vt. 
He studied law with Hon. Daniel Kellogg, in the village of 
Saxton's River; was admitted to the bar at Newfane, Vt., in 
April, 1846, and immediately after entered upon the practice 
of law at Alstead, N. II. He removed to Newport in May, 
1S57. In June, 1865, he received the honorary degree of A.M. 
at Dartmouth college. He is an active Free Mason, in the va- 
rious bodies of which he lias lield several prominent offices, 
and is now (1S78) Grand Commander of the Knights Templars 
of the state. He was a delegate to the Chicago Democratic 
national convention in 1S64; three times a candidate of his 
party for representative to the general court, and twice for state 
senator; l)ut his party being in the minority, he was never 
elected. [See Literature.] 

Shepherd L. Bowers, son of James and Nancy (Symonds) 
Bowers, was born at Acworth, Dec. 13, 1827. He continued on 
the farm with his father until the age of twenty years, when he 


commenced a course of study. Had his preparatory training 
at Kimball Union Academy, in this state, and at Thetford 
academy, Vermont. He defrayed his own expenses, while fit- 
ting for college, by teaching, in which he was engaged at 
Fitchburg and Leominster, Mass., and the high school in his 
native town. He entered Dartmouth college in 1S53. He 
soon, however, turned his attention to law, and studied his 
profession in the office of Hon. Asa Fowler, of Concord, since 
judge of the supreme judicial court. He was admitted to the 
bar in 1S56, and the same year came to this town and began 
the jDractice of law, in which he has since continued. He was 
appointed register of probate for Sullivan county in 1S61, and 
held the office until 1871. He was a representative to the legis- 
lature in 1S65, and a delegate to the Republican national con- 
vention at Baltimore in 1S64. He was reappointed register 
of probate in 1S76, which office he still holds. He was one 
of the originators of the board of education for the Union dis- 
trict, and has been superintending school committee for the 
town at different times. 

J. C. Crooker had a law office in town for a number of 
years, beginning about 1846. He was for a while a preceptor 
in the academy here and at Unity. He went to the West, where 
he has since been in the practice of his profession. He married, 
Dec. 13, 1848, Sarah B. Slayton, of Woodstock, Vt. 

George S. Barton, son of Hon. Cyrus Barton, the founder 
of the A)-gus and Spectator^ graduated at Dartmouth college 
in 1S51 ; was admitted to the bar in 1S53, and opened an office 
at Burlington, Iowa. The following year he came to Newport, 
and went into practice with the Hon. Edmund Burke. He was 
clerk of the New Hampshire senate in 1S55 and 1S56, and died 
the following July, aged 26 years. [See Literature.] 

William F, Newton, son of Hubbard Newton, Esq., was 
born at Newport, Nov. 23, 1S18. Li early youth he learned the 
trade of printing, which he followed for a few years. After a 
preparatory course, he entered the profession of law in his 
father's office, and was admitted to the Sullivan county bar in 
1S43, where he has since been engaged in practice. He has 


held tlie office of clerk of the courts for Sullivan county for 
several years, and other positions of trust. In connection with 
his other business, he has to some extent enga<^cd in farming 
and gardening, and as a cultivator of strawberries, marketing a 
hundred bushels or more in a single year. He married, March 
23, 1S76, Julia, daughter of David McQiieston, m. d., of Wash- 
ington, N. II., who was born April 22, 1S25. 

Brooks K. Webber, son of Maximilian J. Webber, studied 
law, and, after being admitted to the bar, opened an office in 
this town, but after a brief practice removed to Hillsborough, 
where he now resides. He has been twice a representative 
from that town. 

W. II. II. Allen was born at Winhall, Bennington county, 
Vt., December 10, 1S29. At the age of sixteen he came to 
Surry, N. H., where he spent three years at farm work, teach- 
ing, and attending school. He fitted for college with Joseph 
Perry, Esq., of Keene ; entered Dartmouth college in 1S51 ; 
was graduated there in the class of 1S55 ; taught the high 
school at Hopkinton, Mass., one year. He read law with 
Wheeler & Faulkner and F. F. Lane, of Keene, and Burke & 
Wait, in this town, and was here admitted to the bar in Sep- 
tember, 1S5S. He was appointed clerk of the courts for Sulli- 
van county in 1S5S, and held the office until 1S63, when he was 
appointed paymaster in the U. S. army, which office he held 
until the close of the war. He practised law here until March, 
1S6S, when he removed to Claremont. While here, he was a 
moderator in 1S63, and again in 1S66. He held the office of 
judge of probate from 1S67 to July, 1S74; was appointed regis- 
ter in bankruptcy in 1S67, and a judge of the supreme court of 
New Hampshire in 1S76, a position he still holds. He is presi- 
dent of the board of trustees of the State Normal School. He 
was editor of the Sullivan Republican so long as it existed,— 
from January, 1S59, to the spring of 1S61,— when it was sus- 
pended. He married Ellen E.Joslin, of Surry, in 1S56. She 
died in 1S73, and the following year he married Sallie S. 
Sabin, of Claremont, a daughter of Dr. John Sabin, of Straf- 
ford, Vt. 


Ira McL. Barton, son of Hon. Levi W. Barton, was 
born in Newport, March 11, 1S40. He commenced teaching 
at the age of seventeen, and taught with marked success in 
Newport, Claremont, and Alstead ; was fitted for college at 
Kimball Union Academy, and entered Dartmouth college in 
1S58, but, without graduating, began the study of law in the 
office of his father, and was admitted to the bar in 1S63. On 
the breaking out of the Rebellion, he raised a company of three 
months volunteers ; was appointed captain, receiving one of 
the first commissions issued, and served under Col. Tappan. 
At the expiration of his term, he recruited another company, 
and joined the Fifth New Hampshire Regiment, known as the 
"Fighting Fifth," under Col. Cross, in which he was commis- 
sioned captain ; served under Gen. McClellan, in the peninsula 
campaign ; was at the battle of Fair Oaks, the Seven Days' 
Fight, and the retreat to Harrison's Landing. He resigned on 
account of ill-health. When able to enter the service again, he 
was commissioned captain of Company B, Heavy Artillery, 
and was stationed at Fort Constitution, Portsmouth harbor, and 
subsequently at Fort Foot, near Washington. In the summer 
of 1864 he organized a regiment of heavy artillery, of which 
he was commissioned lieutenant-colonel, and, being put in com- 
mand, was stationed at Fort Sumner, where he remained till the 
close of the war ; soon after which, he received the appointment 
of second lieutenant in the regular army, and was stationed at 
Pine Bluft', Ark. ; was promoted to first lieutenant. At the end 
of two years he resigned his commission. He was appointed 
district attorney for the tenth district of Arkansas, and after- 
wards judge of the criminal court for the county of Jefferson in 
that state. He was part owner of the Jefferson Republicatt^ a 
weekly paper published at Pine Bluff", and for a short time its 
chief editor. He returned from Arkansas in December, 1875, 
and became law partner with his fiither, where he continued 
until his death, which occurred Jan. 19, 1S76. He married, in 
1861, Helen M. Wilcox, of Newport ; his second wife was 
Addie L. Barton, of Ludlow, Vt. 

George R. Brown, son of Aaron andEadey (Watts) Brown, 
was born March 4, 1838, at Acworth. After a preparatory 


course, he entered Tufts college, where he graduated in 1866. 
He studied law with the Hon. Edmund Burke, and was admitted 
to the bar in June, 1S6S, and commenced practice here. He 
was apj)ointcd register of probate in 1871, and held the office 
until 1S76. He has been a superintending school committee in 
this town several times, and was one of the committee to or- 
ganize the Union school district. He has been a precejjtor in 
the academy here and at Walpole. 

Arthur C. Bradley, son of Jonathan D. Bradley, and grand- 
son of Hon. William C. Bradley, an eminent lawyer of West- 
minster, Vt., is a man of scholarly attainments. He was grad- 
uated from Amherst college at the age of twenty, and after- 
wards from Columbia Law School, in New York city. He 
devoted one year to the especial study of patent lav>^, in the 
office of a distinguished attorney in New York ; after which he 
came to this town, was admitted to the Sullivan county bar, 
entered into partnership with Hon. Edmund Burke, and here 
commenced the practice of his profession. He now resides in 
the city of New York. 

Nathan E. Reed, son of Jonathan E. and Deborah R. 
(Hunt) Reed, was born in Burlington, Mass., the 22d day of 
April, 184S. In the spring of 1S53, his father removed to 
Charlestown, N. H., where they remained one year, when 
they came to Newport, and settled on Fike hill. At seven- 
teen years of age he commenced his studies, which he 
pursued at the academies of New London and Claremont. 
At the end of three years he went to Boston, and entered 
the store of Messrs. Stone, Richardson & Parker, as clerk. 
At the end of six months he became a travelling salesman 
through New Hampshire, and remained in that position 
until March 15, 1870, when he went to Laporte City, Iowa, 
and went into the lumber trade, establishing the first lumber- 
yard in that place. In 1S72, in connection with a partner, he 
built an elevator, and commenced buying and shipping grain, 
in which business he continued until the great Chicago fire. 
He had been for several years, at his leisure hours, studying 
law, and in the fall of 1873 entered the office of George Bishop, 


of Laporte City, as a student, where he continued until Nov. 
iS, 1873, when he was by the circuit court of Bh\ck Hawk 
county, Iowa, admitted to practice. In AjDril following he 
opened an office in this town, and in March of the following 
year he became the law partner of Hon. Edmund Burke, with 
whom he remained one year, when the}' dissolved their con- 
nection in business, and Mr. Reed opened an office by himself, 
and has since continued in the practice of his profession. He 
married, Feb. 34, 1870, Stella M. Slader, daughter of Samuel 
L. Slader, Esq., of Acworth ; child, Lezvis EUsv:o7-th^ born 
Nov. II, 1872, at Laporte City, Iowa. 

[Mason W. Tappan, of Bradford, and William P. Wheeler, of 
Keene, — the former a native, and the latter a former resident of 
this town, — though residing in other towns, have been in con- 
stant practice here during their whole professional lives, and 
hence we include them in this chapter.] 

Mason W. Tappan, son of Weare Tappan, Esq., was 
born at Newport, October 20, 1S17, and at an early age 
removed with his father's family to Bradford, where he 
has since resided. He fitted for college, but, without graduat- 
ing, studied law with his father and Hon. George W. Nesmith, 
since judge of the supreme judicial court, and was admitted to 
the bar in 1841. He commenced business as law partner with 
his father at Bradford, where he soon had an extensive and va- 
ried practice, extending not only into Merrimack, but other coun- 
ties of the state. He has also had an office at Concord, where, 
in connection with other partners, he has for many years been 
doing a leading business. As a lawyer, he has long enjoyed a 
high rank in his profession, both as a counsellor and an advo- 
cate. He has been in constant practice at the bar in this town. 
In T^lV' 1876, he was appointed attorney-general of the state, 
which office he now (1S7S) still holds. 

He was elected to the legislature, from Bradford, in 1853, 
'54. and '5^, and was a prominent member of the house. He 
was a candidate for speaker of the house in 1854, and came 
within two votes of an election, so great was his popularity, 
notwithstanding the party to which he was opposed had a 

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majority of about twenty in the house. He was elected a mem- 
ber of congress in 1S55, '*'^'^' ^^'^^ reelected in 1S57 and again in 
1S59, serving in all six years. In the 34th and 35th congresses, 
he served on the judiciary committee ; and in the 36th was 
chairman of the committee on claims. In the 36th congress, 
in the winter of 1S60-61, he was upon the celebrated committee 
of thirtj'-three — one from each state — to whom was referred so 
much of the president's annual message as related to the then 
disturbed state of the country. While in congress he was a 
prominent and active worker. 

On the call of President Lincoln for volunteers for three 
months, for the suppression of the rebellion, Mr. TapjDan was 
one of the first men in the state to enlist, and when the ist Res:- 
iment was organized he was appointed its colonel. This regi- 
ment was mustered into service on the istof May, 1861, and on 
the 25th of the same month started for the seat of war. This 
being the first regiment from the state, it was cheered by con- 
tinued ovations all along its route. At New York they were 
presented, by the sons of New Hampshire in that city, with 
a beautiful flag. The regiment, though never engaged in actual 
battle, rendered important service to the Union cause by its 
promptness at the seat of war, and its readiness for any duty. 
When Col. Whipple resigned the command of the 4th Regi- 
ment, his place was oflered to Col. Tappan ; but he declined, 
assigning as a reason that it would l)c luijust to Lieut-Col. Bell 
and other officers of the regiment. 

]Mr. Tappan has always taken a deep interest in the political 
and other material interests of the state. He was an earnest 
advocate of the Concord &. Claremont Railroad, and holds in 
high regard his native town. 

William Plummer Wheeler, son of Col. Nathaniel and 
Iluldah (Whipple) Wheeler, was born in Croydon, July 25, 
1S12. He spent most of his youth and a part of his early man- 
hood in this town, engaged in the harness business. He how- 
ever became convinced that the law was a more congenial call- 
ing, and, in accordance with this idea, sold out his business, 
and from that time forward devoted his time whoUv to fittinsr 
himself for that profession. He had his preliminary literary 


training at Kimball Union Academy, where he spent three 
years, after which he turned his attention to the study of the 
law, which he pursued at Keene, at Harvard University, — the 
law department of which was then under the charge of Judge 
Story, of the United States court, — and in Boston, at which 
place he also had a brief practice. He was admitted to the bar 
in 1S42, and opened an office at Keene, where he had a wide 
practice, and where he was actively engaged in his profession 
until his death, which occurred in May, 1S76. He was a solic- 
itor for Cheshire county ten years, and in 1S51 was appointed 
a justice of the court of common pleas, which position he de- 
clined, preferring to continue in the practice of his profes- 
sion. He was several times afterwards tendered a seat upon 
the bench of the supreme court of the state. In 1S55, and again 
in 18^7, he was a candidate for congress in the 3d district. He 
was a trustee of the State Reform School, and also of the State 
Agricultural College, in which latter institution he took a deep 
interest. He was instrumental in locating it at Hanover, in 
connection with Dartmouth college, and in obtaining liberal 
bequests in its favor, — particularly that of ISIr. Culver, whose 
donation built Culver hall, one of the finest educational struct- 
ures in New England. He was president of the Keene Sav- 
ings Bank, an important institution, at the time of his death. 
He was prominent among those who organized the Episcopal 
church at Keene, and was always an active and liberal promoter 
of its interests while he lived. He received the degree of ll. d. 
at Harvard university in 1S43, and that of A. m. at Dartmouth 
college, in 1S50. He married, Nov. 19, 1849, Sarah D. Moul- 
ton, of Randolph, Vt., born March 4, 1825. Children, — Alice^ 
born Dec. 5, 1S53 ; ^^^illi<i^fi G'l born March 8, 1S57, now a 
banker at St. Paul, Minn. 

The following resolution. jDresented by Hon. Edward L. 
Cushing, recently cliief-justice of the supreme court of New 
Hampshire, was passed by the Cheshire county bar on the third 
Tuesday of October, 1S76: 

'■'• Resolved by this bar, that by the death of William P. 
Wheeler, Esq., the profession has lost an illustrious ornament, 
the state a useful and eminent citizen, and the country a w^ise 
and patriotic Christian man." 


During the obsequies all places of business in the city were 
closed, and every mark of respect and reverence shown. 

The following are among those natives or former residents 
of this town who have turned their attention to the law, and 
have practised in other places. Some of them have been emi- 
nent in their profession. An account of them will be found in 
the Genealogy : Ebenezer Allen, at Austin, Texas ; Daniel J, 
Atwood, at Boston, Mass. ; Horatio Buell, at Glens Falls, N. 
Y. ; William Breck, at Rochester, N. Y. ; James Breck, Jr., at 
Chicago, 111. ; William Franklin Bascom, at Orwell, Vt. ; Tul- 
ly Bascom, in Oliio ; Jonas Cutting, a supreme judge in Augus- 
ta, Me. ; James Corbin, at Santa FcS Texas ; Rufus Claggett, 
at Brooklyn, N. Y. ; Charles H. Chapin, at St. Louis, Mo. ; 
William J. Forsaith, at Boston, Mass. ; Horatio Hale, at Phil- 
adelphia, Penn. ; William G. Hale, at New Orleans, La. ; Sol- 
omon Heath, at Belfast, Me. ; Elijah D. Hastings, at St. Louis, 
Mo. ; Henry H. Metcalf, at Littleton, N. H. ; David Fletcher 
Huntoon, at Grand Haven, Mich. ; Erastus Newton, at Lock- 
port, N. Y. ; Ira B. Person, at New York city ; Simeon Wheel- 
er, Jr., at Portsmouth, Va. ; Charles H. Woods, at Minneapo- 
lis, Minn. 







Benjamin Giles. 


Aaron Buell. 


Ebenezer Merritt. 


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Christopher Newt 


Robert Lane. 


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Phineas Chapin. 


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Aaron Buell. 


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Hubbard Newton 


Benjamin Giles. 


William Cheney. 


Aaron Buell. 


Hubbard Newton 


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William Cheney. 


Christopher Newton. 


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Hubbard Newton 


Aaron Buell. 


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Christopher Newton. 


William Cheney. 


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Jesse Lane. 


Hubbard Newton 


Aaron Buell. 


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William Cheney. 


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Oliver Jenckes. 












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Oliver Jenckes. 

Austin Corbin. 

Josiah Stevens, Jr. 

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Bela Nettleton. 
Edward Wyman. 

Bela Nettleton, 

Edward Wyman. 

Bela Nettleton. 



Edward Wyman. 


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Benjamin F. Sawyer. 


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Paul J. Wheeler. 


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William H. H. Allen 


Francis Boardman. 


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William H. H. Allen 


Eleazer C. Converse. 


George W. Nourse. 


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Paul S. Adams. 


Rufus P. Claggett. 


Eleazer C. Converse. 


Edward A. Jenks, 

Eleazer C. Converse. 


Levi W. Barton, 


Eleazer C. Converse. 



Amos Hall. 

Jesse Wilcox, 

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Josiah Stevens, 

1783. John Lane, 

1784. Josiah Stevens. 

1785. " " 
17S6. John Lane. 

1788. Josiah Stevens. 

1789. John Lane, 

1790. Aaron Mack. 

1791. " *' 


Josiah Stevens, 

Samuel Church. 

Elias .Metcalf, declined. 



1796. Josiah 


1839. Benj. B. Cushing. 

1797. " 


1840. John Towne. 

1798. Joseph 


1841. Parker N. Newell. 

1799. Jesse Wilcox, Jr. 

1842. Sawyer Belknap. 




1844. " 

1S02. '^ 

1845. Parker N. Newell. 


1846. " 


1847. Dexter Richards. 




1849. John H. Higbee. 



1808. " 

1851. Sawyer Belknap. 




1853. Frederick W. Lewis. 

181 1. Arnold Ellis. 

1854. Calvin Wilcox. 

1812. Joseph 



1813. John B 

. McGregor. 

1856. William Nourse. 

1814. Erastus Baldwin. 



1858. Thomas A. Twitchell. 


1859. George Herrick. 


i860. " 


1 861. Eleazer C. Converse. 



1820. " 

1863. George W. Nourse. 




1865. Benjamin Wadleigh. 

1823. James D. Walcott. 

1866. John Towne. 



1867. " 



1868. Ira P. George. 

1826. " 


1869. " 



1869. Carleton Hard, appointed to 

1828. Ira Person. 

fill vacancy. 

1829. " 

1870. Henry P. Coffin. 

1830. " 


1831. " 

1872. Elbridge Bradford. 

1832. " 

1873. George C. Edes. 

1833. " 


1834. " ' 

1875. Arthur B. Chase. 

1835. Nathaniel B. Cutting. 



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1837. Jonathan W. Clement. 

1878. Frank P. Meserve. 

1838. " 





Previous to 1793 Newport was classed with Acworth, Unity, 
L<empster, Croydon, and Sunapee in the choice of Representa- 
tives. The meetings were held in Unity. Benjamin Giles was 
chosen in 1775 and 1776. 


Jesse Lane. 

183 1. 

Moses P. Durkee. 


Uriah Wilco.x. 

Benj. B. French. 



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Austin Corbin. 


Jesse Lane. 


Benj. B. French, 


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Seth Richards. 


Uriah Wilcox. 


Josiah Stevens, Jr. 


Phineas Chapin. 

Amasa Edes. 


Uriah Wilcox. 



Phineas Chapin. 


Uriah Wilcox. 


Josiah Stevens, Jr., 


44 4 4 

James Breck. 


Phineas Chapin. 


Josiah Stevens, Jr., 


Uriah Wilcox. 

Jeremiah D. Nettleton. 


Jesse Wilcox, Jr. 


Josiah Stevens, Jr., 

1 80S. 

44 (4 

Alvin Hatch. 


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Jeremiah D. Nettleton, 


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John B. Stowell. 


Josiah Wakefield. 


Albin Hatch, 


Peter Stow. 

Josiah Forsaitli. 


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Zina Goldthwaite. 


Hubbard Newton. 


Zina Goldthwaite, 


44 44 

Amos Little. 


William Cheney. 


Amos Little, 


44 44 

Silas iMetcalf. 


Uriah Wilcox. 


Silas iMetcalf. 


William Cheney. 

Nathan Mudget. 


Uriah Wilcox. 


James Hall. 


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Bela Netdeton. 


James Breck. 


James Hall, 


David Allen. 

Nathan White. 


William Cheney. 


Nathan White, 


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Stephen Parker. 


Djivid Allen. 


Nathaniel C. Todd, 


William Cheney. 

Edward Wyman. 


Oliver Jenckes. 


Nathaniel C. Todd, 


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Dcivid Allen. 


IMoses P. Durkee. 


David Allen, 



1850. Nathan Mudget. 

1851. Bela Nettleton, 
Edmund Wheeler. 

1852. Edmund Wheeler, 
Ralph Metcalf. 

1853. Ralph Metcalf, 
Henry G. Carleton. 

1854. Mason Hatch, 
Benj. F. Sawyer. 

1855. Mason Hatch, 
Benj. F. Sawyer. 

1856. John Trask, 
Jabez Thompson. 

1857. John Trask, 
Thomas Sanborn. 

1858. Thomas Sanborn, 
John H. Hunton. 

1859. Paul J. Wheeler, 
John H. Hunton. 

i860. Paul J. Wheeler, 
Samuel H. Edes. 

1861. Paul J. Wheeler, 
William Nourse. 

1862. Paul J. Wheeler, 
William Nourse. 

1863. Levi W. Barton, 
Calvin Wilcox. 

1864. Levi W. Barton, 
Calvin Wilcox. 

1865. Dexter Richards, 

1865. Shepherd L. Bowers. 

1866. Dexter Richards, 
Himan A. Averill. 

1867. Himan A. Averhill, 
Charles Emerson. 

1868. Benj. F. Sawyer, 
John Cooper. 

1869. Benj. F. Sawyer, 
John Cooper. 

1870. Dexter Richards, 
Orren Osgood. 

1871. Orren Osgood, 
Ezra T. Sibley. 

1872. Ezra T. Sibley, 
Perley S. Coffin. 

1873. Perley S. Coffin, 
Eleazer C. Converse. 

1874. Voted not to send. 

1875. Eben L. Rowell, 
Halsey C. Leavitt, 
Levi W. Barton. 

1876. Eben L. Rowell, 
Alexander V. Hitchcock, 
Levi W. Barton. 

1877. Alexander V. Hitchcock, 
Levi W. Barton, 
George H. Fairbanks. 

1878. Himan A. Averill, 
George F. Whitney, 2d, 
Jeremiah S. Elkins. 

the convention that form- 

Uriah Wilcox was the delegate to 
ed the present state constitution. 

Bela Nettleton and Nathan Mudget were delegates to the 
convention called to revise the state constitution in 1S50. 

Dexter Richards, Levi W. Barton, and John B. Cooper were 
delegates to the constitutional convention in 1876. 

Nathan Mudget and Dexter Richards have been councillors. 

Uriah Wilcox, David Allen, Austin Corbin, Jeremiah D. 
Nettleton, and Levi W. Barton have been senators. 

The following are a few of the natives and former residents 
of Newport who have represented other towns in legislatures. 
Others will be found in the Genealogy : 



Sam'I C. Baldwin, Plymouth, Mass. Samuel M. Wheeler, Dover, N. H., 

Geo. Diistin, Peterborough, N. H. speaker of the house. 

Moses R.Emerson,Claremont, N.H. Simeon Wheeler, Jr., Norfolk, Va. 

Ch's H. Fletcher, Blackstone, Mass. Francis White, Vt. 

Joel McGregor, Whitefield, N. H. George E. Jenks, Concord, N. H., 

Daniel Nettleton, Wilmot, N. H. 1873. 

Josiah Stevens, Jr., Concord, N. H. Luther J. Fletcher, Lowell, Mass. 

Mason W. Tappan, Bradford, N. H. 

Ralph .Metcalf, Governor of New Hampshire. 

Simon Brown, Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts. 

Edwin O. Stanard, Lieutenant Governor of Missouri. 

Edmund Burke, Member of Congress. 

Mason W. Tappan, 

Edwin O. Stanard, " 






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Samuel Hurd, 


Aaron Buell, 

Jesse Wilcox, 

Samuel Hurd, 

Amos Hall. 

Uriah Wilcox. 

Jesse Wilcox, 


Benjamin Giles, 

Ezra Parmelee, 

Aaron Buell, 

Jesse Lane. 

Ezra Parmelee. 

Robert Lane, 


Benjamin Giles, 

Jesse Wilcox, 

Elias Bascom, 

Samuel Hurd. 

Samuel Hurd. 

Benjamin Giles, 


Aaron Buell, 

Jesse Wilcox, 

Elias Bascom, 

Amos Hall. 

Ezra Parmelee. 

Aaron Buell, 


Aaron Buell. 

Jesse Wilcox, 

Elias Bascom, 

Samuel Hurd. 

Uriah Wilcox. 

Josiah Stevens, 


Jesse Lane, 

Samuel Hurd, 

Jedediah Reynolds, 

Jesse Wilcox. 

Phineas Chapin. 

Josiah Stevens, 


Jedediah Reynolds, 

Aaron Buell, 

Christopher Newton, 

Jesse Lane. 

Uriah Wilcox. 

Josiah Stevens, 


Jedediah Reynolds, 

Aaron Buell, 

Christopher Newton, 

Samuel Hurd. 

John Lane. 

Jesse Lane, 


Aaron Buell, 

Jedediah Reynolds, 

Samuel Church, 

Ezra Parmelee. 

Jesse Lane. 



1787. Jedediah Reynolds, 
Ezra Parmelee, 
Stephen Parry. 

1788. Jesse Lane, 
Samuel Hurd, 
Uriah Wilcox. 

1789. Jesse Lane, 
Uriah Wilcox, 
Samuel Church. 

1790. Uriah Wilcox, 
Jesse Wilcox, 
Thomas Warner. 

1 79 1. Uriah Wilcox, 
Jesse Lane, 
Jeremiah Jenks. 

1792. Uriah Wilcox, 
Elias Metcalf, 
Matthew Buell, Jr. 

1793. Jesse Lane, 
Samuel Church, 
Elias Metcalf. 

1794. Uriah Wilcox, 
Matthew Buell, Jr., 
Reuben Bascom. 

1795. Uriah Wilcox, 
Phineas Chapin, . 
Elias Metcalf. 

1796. James Corbin, 
Reuben Bascom, 
Elias Metcalf. 

1797. Uriah Wilcox, 
Reuben Bascom, 
Elias Metcalf. 

1798. Samuel Church, 
Phineas Chapin, 
Elias Metcalf. 

1799. Samuel Church, 
Phineas Chapin, 
Joseph Bascom. 

1800. Samuel Church, 
Phineas Chapin, 
Jeremiah Nettleton. 

1801. Samuel Church, 

1 801. Phineas Chapin, 
Josiah Stevens. 

1802. Samuel Church, 
Phineas Chapin, 
Jesse Wilcox, Jr. 

1803. Jesse Wilcox, Jr., 
Joseph Bascom, 
Stephen Hurd. 

1804. Jesse Wilcox, Jr., 
Phineas Chapin, 
Josiah W^akefield. 

1805. Jesse Wilcox, Jr., 
Reuben Bascom, 
Moses P. Durkee. 

1806. Moses P. Durkee, 
Reuben Bascom, 
Joseph Bascom. 

1807. Josiah Wakefield, 
Joseph Bascom, 
Reuben Bascom. 

1808. Jesse Wilcox, Jr., 
Phineas Chapin, 
David Allen. 

1809. Samuel Church, 
Phineas Chapin, 
Jesse Wilcox. 

1810. Samuel Church, 
William Cheney, 
Phineas Chapin. 

181 1. Samuel Church, 
Josiah Wakefield, 
Moses P. Durkee. 

1812. William Cheney, 
Caleb Heath, 
Peter Stow. 

1813. Peter Stow, 
Caleb Heath, 
Arphaxad Whittlesey. 

1814. Peter Stow, 
Oliver Jenckes, 
William McAllaster. 

1815. Oliver Jenckes, 
Josiah Wakefield, 



Erastus Baldwin. 



William Cheney, 
Josiah Wakefield, 

Oliver Jenckes. 



William Cheney, 
Josiah Wakefield, 

James D. Walcott. 



William Cheney, 
James D. Walcott, 

James Breck. 



William Cheney, 
James D. Walcott, 

James Breck. 



James Breck, 
David Allen, 

Oliver Jenckes. 



James Breck, 
David Allen. 

Oliver Jenckes. 



James Breck, 
David Allen, 

Oliver Jenckes. 



Oliver Jenckes, 
James D. Walcott, 

Austin Corbin. 



Oliver Jenckes, 
James D. Walcott, 

Moses P. Durkee. 



Oliver Jenckes, 
James D. Walcott, 

David Allen. 



James D. Walcott, 
Israel Kelley, 

Samuel Hurd. 



Oliver Jenckes, 
James D. Walcott, 

David Allen. 



James Breck, 
Joseph Farnsworth, 

Henry Kelsey. 



James Breck, 
Joseph Farnsworth, 

Henry Kelsey. 



David Allen, 
Austin Corbin, 
Seth Richards. 
David Allen, 
Austin Corbin, 
Seth Richards. 
Seth Richards, 
Silas Wakefield, 
Jeremiah D. Nettleton. 
Silas Wakefield, 
Jeremiah D. Nettleton, 
Seth Richards. 
Jeremiah D. Nettleton. 
Henry Kelsey, 
Samuel F. Chellis. 
Alvin Hatch, 
Edward Wyman, 
Charles Corbin. 
Alvin Hatch, 
Edward Wyman, 
Charles Corbin. 
Josiah Stevens, Jr., 
John B. Stowell, 
Parmenas Whitcom.b. 
John B. Stowell, 
Parmenas Whitcomb, 
Silas Metcalf. 
Silas Metcalf, 
Amos Little, 
Jonathan M. Wilmarth. 
Eli Tvvitchell, 
Zina Goldlhwaite, 
Jonathan Cutting. 
Nathan Mudget, 
Jonathan M. Wilmarth, 
Jonathan Cutting. 
Bela Nettleton, 
Nathan Mudget, 
Alexander Metcalf. 
Nathan White, 
Joseph S. Hoyt, 
James Hall. 
John B. Stowell, 



1S44. Jeremiah D. Nettleton, 1859. 

Nathaniel O. Pas:e. 

1845. Jeremiah D. Nettleton, 
Edward Wyman, i860. 
Zina Goldthwaite. 

1846. Edward Wyman, 

Jonathan Cutting, 1861. 

Isaac Griffin. 

1847. Edward Wyman, 

Jonathan Cutting, 1862. 

Josiah Bailey. 

1848. Edward Wyman, 

Jeremiah D. Nettleton, 1863. 

Sylvanus Earned. 

1849. Dexter Richards, 

Jeremiah D. Nettleton, 1864. 

Silas Metcalf. 

1850. Dexter Richards, 

Jeremiah D. Nettleton, 1865. 

David A. Farrington. 

1851. Dexter Richards, 

David A. Farrington, 1866. 

Jeremiah D. Nettleton. 
1S52. Dexter Richards, 

John H. Higbee, 1867. 

Mark Gove. 

1853. Jonathan Cutting, 

Ezra T. Sibley, 1868. 

Calvin N. Perkins. 

1854. Jonathan Cutting, 

Calvin N. Perkins, 1869. 

Austin L. Kibbey. 

1855. John H. Higbee, 

Austin L. Kibbey, 1870. 

Charles Emerson. 

1856. John H. Hig])ee, 

Charles Emerson, 1871. 

Christopher C. Shedd. 

1857. William Emerson, 
Christopher C. Shedd, 1872. 
Albert S. Adams. 

1858. William Emerson, 

Albert S. Adams, 1873. 

Henry A. Jenckes. 

Dexter Richards, 
Sylvanus G. Stowell, 
Samuel K. Wright. 
Francis Boardman, 
Abner Hall, 
Moses C. Ayer. 
Francis Boardman, 
Moses C. Ayer, 
Lewis W. Randall, 
Francis Boardman, 
Lewis W. Randall, 
Orange Whitney. 
Jonathan M. Wilmarth, 
Orange Whitney, 
Moses W. Emerson. 
Francis Boardman, 
Moses W. Emerson, 
Simeon Whittier. 
George W. Nourse, 
Simeon Whittier, 
William Kelley. 
George W. Nourse, 
William Kelley, 
John B. Cooper. 
George W. Nourse, 
John B. Cooper, 
William H. Sprague. 
George W. Nourse, 
William H. Sprague, 
Frank W. Rawson. 
George W. Nourse, 
William Dunton, 
Orren C. Kibbey. 
George W. Nourse, 
Orren C. Kibbey, 
William H. Perry. 
George W. Nourse, 
William H. Perry, 
Leander F. Dodge. 
George W. Nourse, 
Leander F. Dodge, 
Augustus Wylie. 
Daniel Nettleton, 
Augustus Wylie, 



1873. William B. Kibbey. 

1874. Daniel Nettleton, 
Lyman Rounsevel, 
Benjamin Marshall. 

1875. Francis Boardman, 
William Woodbury, 
George H. Towles. 

1876. Francis Boardman, 

1876. William Woodbury, 
George H. Towles. 

1877. William Woodbury, 
George H. Towles, 
Charles A. Silsby. 

1878. Freeman Cutting, 
D. George Chad wick, 
Frederick S. Little. 


Wm. H. H. Allen, Rufus P. Claggett, 


George W 

Edmund T5iirke, 
Levi W. Jiarton, 
Ira iMcL. Barton, 
Shepherd L. Bowers, 
Lyman J. Brooks, 
George R. Brown, 
Francis Boardman, 
Martin A. Barton, 
Austin Corbin, 

Samuel H. Edes, 
George E. Dame, 
Thos. W. Gilmore, 
Benjamin F-. Haven, 
A. V. Hitchcock, 
Richard S. Howe, 
Ralph Metcalf, 
Aaron iMatson, 
William F. Newton, 

Dexter Richards, 
Jacob Reddington, 
John Towne, 
Albert S. Wait, 
Edmund Wheeler, 
Nathan White, 
Paul J. Wheeler. 


James Breck, 
Henry E. Baldwin, 
William Cheney, 
Amasa Edes, 
James A. Gregg, 

David Allen, 
Paul S. Adams, 
David Allen, Jr., 
Albert S. Adams, 
Cyrus Barton, 
E. P. Burke, 
Herbert J. Barton, 
Elbridge Bradford, 
Sawyer Belknap, 
William E. Brooks, 
George S. Barton, 
Benjamin F. Carr, 
David B. Chapin, 
E. C. Converse, 

James Hall, N. O. Page, 

Elisha M. Kempton, Edward Wyman. 
Amos Little, Edward A. Jenks. 

Jeremiah D. Nettleton, 
Bela Nettleton, 


H. G. Carleton, 
Frederick Claggett, 
J. C. Crocker, 
Frederick Chapin, 
D. D. Chapin, 
Austin Corbin, Jr., 
Edwin L. Cutts, 
George Dodge, 
William Emerson, 
W. S. Eastman, 
Jonathan Emerson, 
George C. Edes, 
Josiah Forsaith, 
Benjamin B. French, 

George H. Fairbanks, 
Henry D. Foster, 
Calvin N. Fletcher, 
Jeremiah Fogg, 
Zina Goldthwaite, 
Joseph George, 
Francis H. Goldthwaite, 
Milton Glidden, 
Caleb Heath, 
Elijah D. Hastings, 
Alfred F. Howard, 
Joseph S. Hoyt, 
Matthew Harvey, 
John H. Higbee, 



David Harris, 
George Herrick, 
Alvin Hatch, 
Arthur H. Ingram, 
Oliver Jenckes, 
Milton S. Jackson, 
William Kelley, 
Frederick W. Lewis, 
Solomon H. Moody, 
Silas Metcalf, 
]\Iatthew H. Moody, 
Nathan Mudget, 
Harvey J. Marshall, 
W. H. McCrillis, 
Hubbard Newton, 
Aaron Nettleton, Jr., 
Aaron F. Nettleton, 

Samuel F. Nims, 
William Nourse, 
Chase Noyes, 
John S. Parmelee, 
Granville Pollard, 
Abial D. Pike, 
Calvin H. Pike, 
Daniel P. Quimby, 
James L. Riley, 
Isaac A. Reed, 
Nathan E. Reed, 
Seth Richards, 
Seth M. Richards, 
Josiah Stevens, 
E. E. Stearns, 
Joseph Sawyer, Jr., 
Benj. F. Sawyer, 

Ezra Stowell, 
Frank A. Sibley, 
Jonathan Silsby, 
Allen Towne, 
Nathaniel C. Todd, 
George H. Towle, 

C. A. Thompson, 

D. Willis Watkins, 
A. P. Welcome, 
Siloam S. Wilcox, 
Augustus W^ylie, 
Calvin Wilcox, 
Parmenas Whitcomb, 
John Wilcox, 
William Woodbury. 



TV T EWPORT, as a town, has always taken a commendable 
-^ ^ interest in music, has always been its liberal patron, and 
has devoted much time and money to its advancement. Among 
its inhabitants has always been found a full average of musical 

The leading singer and most successful teacher of vocal mu- 
sic among the early settlers was Matthew Buell, Jr., who came 
with his father from Connecticut. He was the leader of the 
Congregational choir. He made music a sort of profession, 
and taught in a large circle of neighboring towns and at the 
West. At the same time, at the north part of the town was 
Mr. Philip W. Kibbey, the leader of the Baptist choir, who as 
a singer had nearly the same traditional merit. At the histori- 
cal celebration of this town, in 1S46, the Rev. Dr. Stow, in his 
oration, paid in substance the following tribute to their musical 
talents : •' Since leaving the home of my parents, I have trav- 
elled much in my native land, and much in Europe. In 
the presence of my wider observation the once magnificent Su- 
gar river has become an humble stream, and its banks seem not 
far apart ; and the once grand, awe-inspiring Coit has dwindled 
in its proportions; — but nowhere, in town or in country, in 
church or cathedral, have I heard music so sweet, so thrilling, 
so full of soul, as that led in my boyhood by those glorious 
champions, Matthew Buell and Philip W. Kibbey." 

In addition, the following men have each in their day been 
teachers and leaders of the different choirs : At the Consfresfa- 
tional, — Oliver Lund, John B. McGregor, Luther Webber, S. 
J. Allen, Francis Boardman, James II. Parmelee, Augustus 
Whitney, A. S. Wait, D. P. Qiiimby, M. R. Emerson, and B. 
R. Allen, — the latter having rare talent in drilling and leading 


a choir. At the Baptist,— Elias Metcalf, Timothy Fletcher, 
Adolphus King, Asa and James B. McGregor, Abel Wheeler, 
A. L. Kibbey, Oliver B. Jenks, Walter W. King, and Henry M. 
Chase. At the Methodist, Thomas A. Twitchell, R. A. Web- 
ber, Charles S. Partridge, and E. Darwin Cummings. At the 
Unitarian, William H. Belknap and Nathan E. Reed. 

Among the ladies who have enjoyed a popularity as singers 
are Hannah Tenney, Mary G. Newton, Caroline L. Forsaith, 
Abby Jones, Maria Buell, Lucia Dean, Augusta Allen, Lois 
Kibbey, Isabel Averill, Mary Earned, Ida Sanderson, Mrs. 
Dr. Brown, Minnie Harvey, Lizzie Barton, Lucy E. Nettle- 
ton, and Emma H. Baldwin. 

Among the leading bass singers are M. W. Allen, A. F. Net- 
tleton, J. M. Bartlett, Henry P. Coffin, and George Pressey. 

Among the most prominent and successful singers and teach- 
ers of vocal music was Elnathan Duren, who resided at Charles- 
town, but flourished here in the musical line from about 1820 
to 1835. He had resided in Boston, and was a prominent 
member of the Boston Handel and Haydn Society. A con- 
temporary says of him, — " For twenty years he was the most 
powerful and majestic singer, the most accomplished leader, 
and the most successful teacher of vocal music known to the 
general public in all New England. His talents as a composer 
of music were amply attested by many of the finest sacred airs 
and anthems. He had an extraordinary compass of voice, and 
his performances, in solos, duets, aixl anthems, were unrivalled. 
For fifteen years he conducted the musical exercises on com- 
mencement days at Dartmouth college." His many years of 
faithful service in this town enabled us better to appreciate the 
excellences of the higher grades of music. 

Prof. H. E. W. Barton, a native of Croydon, and a brother 
of Hon. Levi W. Barton, of this town, had a fine voice, which 
was thoroughly cultivated by the best musical professors of 
Boston. He was one of the finest instructors. He resided in 
this town for several years, and while here was a successful 
teacher and the leading singer. 

The Newport Instrumental Music Society was incorporated 
in June, 1815, having a fund of $500. Their monthly meetings 
were held on Wednesday preceding the full of the moon. 

MUSIC. 215 

Among those who have been most successful with the piano 
are Mrs. S. C. Phillips, as a teacher, Mrs. D. P. Qiiimby, 
Emroy Barron, now tlie wife of lion. John M. Shirley, of 
Aiulover, Etta M. Guild, Willie A. Edes, Mattie Wheeler, and 
May Howard. 

The Arion Qiiartette Club, consisting of four of the best sing- 
ers in town, flourished in 1870, and won golden opinions where- 
ever they went. 

The Qiiadrille Band, led by William II. Belknap, superin- ' 
tended all the dances for several years. It was organized as 
early as 1S56, was well trained, and quite popular. 

Organists. Marion McGregor, daughter of Dr. John B. 
McGregor, now Mrs. Christopher of New York, was tlie first 
person in town to master the organ, and the high position 
which she has held for so long a time, in the first churches of 
the cities of Rochester and New York, gives her a rank among 
the leading organists of the country. 

Mrs. Ellen P. Kimball, daughter of the late Dca. D. B. Cha- 
pin, the present organist at the South (Congregational) church, 
who to rare natural gifts has added superior culture, has with 
our leading connoisseurs long been the favorite player. 

Among others who have enjoyed a popularity, Zamira Glea- 
son, late wife of S. F. Lund, a charming player. Prof. A. P. 
Wyman, Mrs. Ira Mitchell, and Frank A. Sibley should be 

Among those who have given their attention to martial mu- 
sic, the first position should be assigned to Mr. Sylvester H. E. 
W^ikefield, by all who were permitted to listen to tlie rattle of 
his youthful drum, or the thrilling notes of his silvery bugle in 
maturcr life. James Morris Evarts, an educated and gentle- 
manly journeyman printer, was the champion flute player. 
The mellow tones of his enchanting instrument, heard in tlie 
choir as well as on the parade ground, are still remembered 
vvitli the greatest pleasure by those who were his once cliarmed 
listeners. Carl Krebs, afterwards a distinguished clarinet play- 
er in Boston, had his home here in 1S60, and produced quite a 
sensation by exhibitions of his wonderful skill with the instru- 
ment. The clarinet of Abijah Dudley, the fifes of David Harris 
and Ransom Pike, and the drum of Willard Harris, were in- 


dispensable to the complete success of all military trainings and 
musters, Walter W. King was a favorite bugle player in the 
days of musters. 

In 1815, Col. Wm. Cheney was instrumental in forming a 
band, which was well maintained and quite popular for a long 

The Newport Band was organized in 1S40, with Mr. S. H. 
E. Wakefield as leader. It enjoyed the instructions of Mr. A. 
Bond, of Concord. It was well sustained for many years. 

The Newport Cornet Band, B. R. Allen, leader, made its 
first appearance in public in July, 1S60. Two years after, in 
October, 1862, the full band, eighteen pieces, enlisted for the 
war in the nine months service. Soon after its arrival at the 
seat of war, it was appointed a brigade band. It was thorough- 
ly drilled, and had among its members some of the finest play- 
ers, and enjoyed while it existed an enviable popularity. Soon 
after their return home, it was discontinued, several of its best 
players having left town. Marcine Whitcomb was for a 
while a leader of the band. It was revived again in 1875, and 
enjoyed the instruction of a Mr. Prosho, a German of superior 
skill. It is now led by Charles A. Puffer. 

The Sullivan County Musical Convention met here in June, 
184S. It was under the direction of Lowell Mason and George 
G. Webb, of Boston. It was an occasion of much interest, and 
was fully attended. It had another session here again in Sep- 
tember, 1S51. It was this time under the direction of Profes- 
sors Baker and Southard, assisted by a Miss Cobb, of Boston, 
and was again full of interest, and most satisfactory. 

Sullivan County Musical Association. This associa- 
tion was organized Sept. 37, 1872. It has been one of the 
inost popvdar and successful institutions of the kind ever held 
in the county. At the first annual meeting, held September, 
1873, Solon Wilder was conductor, and Joseph P. Cobb, of 
Boston, pianist and humorist. At the close of this convention, 
which was holden in the new town hall, they were so well 
pleased with their accommodations in all respects, that they 
voted unanimously that the annual meetings of the association 
be permanently located in this town. The annual meetings of 

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this association have since been assisted by the best musical 
talent of New England. 

Conductor — From 1S74 to iS;S, inclusive, Prof. L. O. Emer- 
son, of Boston. 

Hitviorists — II. C. Barnabee, of Boston, 1S74, '75 ; Joseph 
P. Cobb, of Boston, 1S77, '7S- 

Soloists— G. W. Foster, H. M. Chase, F. F. Ilaskall, Geo. 
LeClair, E. A. Wood, Geo. L. Sanborn, Mrs. H. M. .Smith, H. 
E. Carter, A. D. Shannon, Misses Sally M. Clough, Lena Part- 
ridge, Ella M. Smith, Clara D. Haubrick, Ophelia Baker, 
Anna C. Holbrook. 

Piano Acco7npanist — Mrs. Martha D. Shepard, of Ashland, 
N. H. 

Presidents of the Association — Rev. G. R. W. Scott, M. B. 
Presby, and Rev. H. C. Leavitt. 

Present Board of Officers — President, Rev. II. C. Leavitt; 
Vice-President, Francis Boardman ; Secretary, Arthur B. 
Chase ; Treasurer, Granville Pollard. 




L "'ROM the earliest records down, it would seem that the 
-^ people of Newport, in common with the rest of the world, 
have been inclined to marry and be given in marriage. Tra- 
dition savs that the first marriage in town was solemnized vmder 
the shadow of a tall, wide-spreading, grand pine tree, which 
stood near the present residence of Dea. Joseph Wilcox, the one 
under which the early settlers first met to worship, and which 
was in the midst of a most charming wood. It was honored 
by the presence and hearty good wishes of all the settlers. 

The style of weddings, like most other matters, has been un- 
dergoing constant change, and may be divided into four epochs. 
During the first period, when there were comparatively few 
settlers in town, and they, from their isolated condition in the 
wilderness, had learned the full value of friendships and neigh- 
borly offices, and each seemed to the other more jDrecious than 
a brother, all were desired and expected to be present. As 
there were but few horses and carriages in town, they attended 
weddings on sleds or in carts, drawn by oxen. Those without 
teams were always taken along by their more fortunate neigh- 
bors, so all might be present. We are informed by one of the 
descendants, that when Mr. Jonathan Brown was married, in 
1777, at the house of Amos Hall, on the Unity road, the whole 
town was invited, and two sleighs, — all there were in town, — 
and twenty-four ox-sleds were present at the wedding. 

During the second period the settlers had become too numer- 
ous to be all accommodated in the compai"atively humble dwell- 
ings of that day, and especial invitations were sent to the rela- 
tives and more intimate friends. Horses had now become 
plenty, and all attended on horseback. As they rode along in 


pairs, all jijaily attired, while attending the bridal couple to their 
new home, the cavalcade, often very long, presented an impos- 
ing and beautiful appearance. In that day every lady was an 
expert horseback rider. The side-saddle, often a very elegant 
and expensive afiair, was an indispensable thing, and always 
stood at the head of that list of bridal fixings which the parents 
were expected to furnish their daughters upon marriage. 

It was during the third period, when the roads were in a 
better condition, and vehicles of various kinds had become suf- 
ficiently numerous, that saddles were discarded, and all rode in 
carriages. For many years after the introduction of the chaise, — 
a two-wheeled carriage with a top, — the man that should pre- 
sume to attend a Avedding without one would have been con- 
sidered as wanting in due respect for himself and his host, and 
might almost expect to be met at the door w^ith the question, 
''Friend, how camest thou in hither not having on the wedding 
garment?" It was at this time that the habit of serenading the 
newly-married couple grew up, — a habit very pleasant and 
dreamy when coming from sweet voices, and instruments in 
skilled hands, but very annoying when proceeding from a band 
of lawless lads armed with tin horns and pans and nameless 
hideous sounding instruments. The present custom undoubt- 
edly arose from a desire to avoid being a victim to this prac- 

In the fourth and last place, I will say, for the benefit of the 
future historian, that the present custom seems to be this : To 
get married wherever the fancy may dictate, — at home, in the 
church, or at the clergyman's residence, and go immediately 
away on a bridal tour ; and the man who should decline to 
spend the honeymoon at one of oin" large cities, or at some 
fashionable watering-place, would be deemed as lacking in 

During the three earlier periods, it was the habit, as it was 
the law, for the town-clerk to announce the bans on three suc- 
cessive public days. It was usually done in church ; so the 
people had matrimony as well as religion to mingle with their 
Sabbath evening meditations. 

A Negro Wedding. The followinir account of a negrro 
wedding, upon old Colt mountain, was given the writer, in 


boyhood, by an eye-witness : In those days all were married 
by the clergy. On this occasion the whole of the negro colonv, 
comprising many families, were invited, and all the neighbor- 
ing " white folks." Priest Haven, of Croydon, was invited to 
officiate. He made his prayer, and proceeded with the cer- 
emony until he came to that portion which relates to the usual 
salutation, when he remarked that it was customary on such 
occasions for the officiating clergyman to salute the bride, but 
on that occasion he would be excused from that part of the cer- 
emony. After the bans came an entertainment, where, added 
to a bountiful supply of " hog and hominy," were all the nice 
" fixin's" which the prolific genius of the sable bride could in- 
vent. It was arranged that the evening should close with a 
dance : but here was a dilemma. The musician on whom 
they depended had disappointed them. In this emergency tlie 
clergyman, animated, maybe, partly by a desire to make amends 
for his failure to perform the whole ceremony, or, perhaps, by 
the recollection of that portion of scripture which says, "There 
is a time to dance," being an accomplished musician, stepped 
forward and took the viol, when all went merry as a marriage 
bell. At the close, the sable groom very coolly remarked that 
it was customary at weddings for the bridegroom to pay 
the officiating clergyman a crown, but he would be excused on 
that occasion from that part of the ceremony. The wit of 
Sambo was received with a hearty laugh, at the clergyman's 
expense. He never afterwards saluted a bride. 



A MONG the more prominent amusements, especially with 
-^ ^ the gayer and less serious portions of the inhabitants, is 
tlancing. The frequent assemblies, balls, and plain dances of 
former times, and the dedication, anniversary, and other balls, 
and especially the Masonic anniversaries of modern times, when 
the choicest music is employed, and most elaborate toilets 
made, have been occasions of much interest. As long ago as 
1S23, a ball at the Eagle hotel, with Abraham Pushee, of Leb- 
anon, the favorite master, at the viol, and Mrs. Silver as cater- 
er, was considered the perfection of an " elegant time." The 
cotillon was for several years the favorite dance. Waltzing 
was considered by outsiders, for some time after its introduc- 
tion, as an " absurd practice." 

Checkers has always been a favorite game. Fox and geese 
was more played formerly than now. Wrestling was one of 
the earliest, and an exciting game, and was indulged in at rais- 
ings, election days, and all similar gatherings, the champion 
always feeling himself the hero. Qiioits and round ball (some- 
what similar to the present game of base ball) were among the 
earliest games, and are still in vogue, while ten-pins, billiards, 
and croquet are of more recent introduction. 

The royal game of goose was introduced here by Gov. Ralph 
Mctcalf, on his return from Washington, D. C, where it had 
been a fashionable game. Chess was introduced by Dr. W. W. 
Leavitt, about the year 1S55. To James Cushing, a merchant, 
who came here in 1S35, we are indebted for the introduction of 

Among the younger classes, Copenhagen, button, hunt the 


slipper, blind man's buff, and the grace-hoop have been the pre- 
vailing games. 

Cards have been more or less indulged in. They w^ere for 
some time held in disrespect, as tending to gambling and other 
vices, from the circumstance that card-playing was most prac- 
tised at taverns and stores after business hours, when money 
was sometimes staked, and when the loser in the game was 
expected to pay the grog bill. In later years, whist and euchre 
are the games which have been most in vogue. A euchre circle, 
known at the time as the "Coit flimily," was formed in 1S58, 
including among its members a large share of the younger 
people of the village. It was an agreeable, after-tea aflair, 
managed by the ladies, and gave much apparent satisfaction to 
all its members. 

The squirrel hunt, in which the parties, pitted against each 
other, slaughtered all the wild game of the forests, after which 
they met, counted their game, and partook of a supper, the los- 
ing side paying the bill, is one of the recreations which have 
often been pursued, and which is pardonable only when wild 
game is so plenty as to annoy the inhabitants by destroying 
their crops. 

The agricultural portion of the people have had social times 
peculiar to themselves, among which were huskings, in which the 
2:)eople came together of an evening and husked out a neighbor's 
corn, in which both sexes joined, after which they would indulge 
in a supper and a social chat. On these occasions the finder 
of a red ear of corn was entitled to a pawn. If the finder 
chanced to be a young lady, there was sometimes a controversy 
among the beaus in regard to who should cancel the obliga- 
tions. Raisings were also occasions on which all the neigh- 
bors came together for social enjoyment. Log-rolling, in which 
the neighboring men all joined in piling up the massive logs 
which covered our forests, for burning, was another occasion of 
social enjoyment in the earlier days. Qiiiltings — occasions 
when the women met in the afternoon and did the work, and 
the men came in the evening for a supper and a social time — 
were formerly much in vogue. Apple-parings, in which the 
neighbors came together and prepared apples for sauce or dry- 
ing for the winter, were still another. 


Mammoth Cod Association. Among the many institu- 
tions which have enjoyed their day of popularity in Newport, 
we may reckon the Mammoth Cod Association, established in 
1854. As its principles commended themselves to the tastes 
of men of all parties, it had many friends and no enemies. 
The annual suppers were occasions of great interest. The ta- 
bles were loaded with every kind of fish, from the savery oys- 
ter to the largest cod, served up in all the most approved styles. 
One dish was invariably there ; — in the middle of tlie table was 
a baked mammoth cod. and the largest the market could afibrd. 
After the cloth was removed, speeches were made, toasts were 
drank, and songs were sung. At different gatherings original 
poems were written by Matthew Harvey, Charles II. Bartlett, 
and George S. Barton. The occasions w^re always graced by 
the presence of the ladies. To Henry E. Baldwin, Esq., be- 
longs the honor of having originated this institution, so full of 
social enjoyment. 



^ I ^HE following story is related of an old resident of this 
•^ town by the name of Hall. He was a champion story- 
teller, always brimful of fun and anecdote, and who, as is the 
case with too many men of large hearts and generous impulses, 
had a weakness for what in those days were called " flip" and 
" eggnog." One day this man, having some important business 
on hand, started on foot early in the morning for Claremont ; 
but when he had proceeded as far as the Richards tavern, then 
in the western part of this town, he met a crowd of jolly com- 
panions, who besought him, while warming his hands and tak- 
ing his flip, to tell them a story. As usual, when once in, he 
kept the crowd in one continual roar of laughter, — in return for 
which they kept his mug bountifully replenished. Before he 
was aware, the hours had passed unheeded by, and it was even- 
ing ; and he gave up his journey and returned home. The next 
day he renewed the attempt, but with no better success than 
before. He met the same crowd, fell into the same tempta- 
tion, spent the day, and returned home with his mission unful- 

On the third morning, after receiving some very decided ad- 
monitions from his better half, he crooked his elbow, and start- 
ed, with a most unflinching determination that on that da}', at 
least, no allurements, however enticing, should divert him 
from the path of duty. On his way he encountered for the 
third time the same crowd, who, if possible, were still more 
urgent in their entreaties than before ; but this time, seeming 
not to hear them, he marched straight by, with his eyes steadi- 
ly fixed upon the path before him. But when some twenty rods 
past the house, and the crowd had despaired of inducing him 


to come in, he stopped sucldenly, and, clapping his hands, cx- 
chiimcd, " Well done, old Resolution ! you have done nohly ! 
Now go hack, and I'll treat you ! " So saying, he marched 
back, took his mug of flip, and then went successfully and 
grandly on to the end of his journey. 

Scribner's Dock. In the earlier days, a deep, sluggish 
stream crossed the road in the village between the river and 
the corner south, over which was a bridge. One day a man by 
the name of Scribner, disobeying the command, " Tarry not at 
the wine-cup," got on too liberal a horn of those choice liquors 
then so common at all the stores and taverns, and while at- 
tempting to pass this bridge lost his balance, and, tumbling 
backwards head-foremost into the stream, stuck in tlie soft, 
muddy bottom. He was rescued, but was so wet, so disguised 
with liquor, and so covered with black mud from head to foot, 
that he presented a most ludicrous appearance. Ever after, un- 
til the stream was turned away and its channel filled up, the 
place was known as Scribner's Dock. 

Among the eccentric geniuses who have from time to time 
resided in town, was a man by the name of Kempton, — Jo, as 
he was familiarly called, — who delighted in saying and doing 
half-serious waggish things. He was once employed by Dea. 
Asa Hurd, a man of piety, and whose prayers indicated him to 
be a firm believer in the rigid theology of his day. One day, 
while at work together, Jo said to him, " Deacon, I don't like 
your prayers." When asked for his reasons, he said, " You 
don't talk right about the people. You run 'em down too 
much. You call 'em depraved, corrupt, and wicked, and 
make 'em out awful bad. You ought not to do so. You 
ought to speak well on 'em, and praise 'em, and call 'em a 
pretty good sort of people, rather more than middling. The 
Lord IV ill be a good deal more apt to take '<?;«." 

One of the early settlers, who lived at the junction of the 
Goshen and Break-neck Hill roads, — a stout, rough man, who 
did not naturally appreciate the obligations and courtesies 
which should exist between husband and wife, and upon which 
so much of the mutual happiness of each depends, — became so 
overbearing and cruel that the neighbors felt that something 
must be done. They resorted to this expedient : they all agreed 


to treat him to a ride on a rail. One of their number, befriend- 
ing him, told him what they were going to do, and the reasons 
why. When the hour approached, he fled to the woods, and 
took refuge upon the top of a flat rock upon the mountain east 
of his dwelhng. He had not been there long when a large 
black bear, as if commissioned by Providence to assist them 
in the good work, raised himself on his hind legs, placed 
his huge fore paws upon the rock near him and gave a fierce 
growl, which so frightened the poor sinner that he rushed 
screaming towards his house, where, after recovering his breath, 
he begged pardon of all his neighbors, and was ever after a 
kinder and better husband. 

Similar expedients, since his day, have produced like happy 

Rodney Russell was an eccentric genius, and when he had 
imbibed too freely was not always over-scrupulous in regard to 
his conduct. As was his habit for six or eight months in the 
year, he would hire himself out to our farmers, and was the 
most faithful and obliging of help ; at the end of which he 
would take his money and go to the village, and give himself 
up to a good time, during which he was up to all manner of 
pranks. One of his favorite games was to mislead people. As 
a specimen : One day, while at Claremont, he heard a man 
inquiring for black sheep. Russell told him there was a lady 
at Northville, in this town, who had three or four, which she 
would be glad to sell. The man was very much pleased, and 
the next day harnessed up, and, taking a hand with him, trav- 
elled some ten miles for his sheep, but on his arrival was very 
much chagrined to learn that the lady was never the owner of 
a sheep. A few months after, Mr. R. received word from 
Claremont that his mother, who i^esided there, was dead, and 
the funeral was to be the next day at ten o'clock. Taking it 
in good faith, he procured a team, dressed himself in his best, 
and, putting a weed on his hat, went to the east part of the 
town to get his sister ; and they wended their way, with sor- 
rowing hearts, to the funeral. When they arrived, to their sur- 
prise, they found their mother sitting at the window, knitting, 
entirely innocent of any knowledge of her deatli or funeral. 
After dinner he returned home, feeling that the amount he had 


invested in black sheep had been returned to him, principal 
and interest. 

At one time, hearing a bov inquiring for a puck of cards, he 
referred him to a store kept by one of our most cxempkary Bap- 
tist deacons, telling him he was odd, and might say he did not 
keep them, but to persevere, and he would get the cards. The 
deacon, with his store full of customers, including the clergy- 
man and several members of his church, was greatly annoyed 
by the persistent young man, who affirmed that he knew he 
kept them. He was obliged to tell him he must stop, or leave 
the store. 

At anotlier time he hired a young man from Vermont to 
teach school at Kclleyville. He told him he was to board with 
Col. Perry, and to take the wood for the school-house from his 
shed ; and also told him the colonel was an odd stick, and might 
order liim off, but he must go right along, and not mind him. 
He went there, as directed, unloaded his baggage, and took the 
wood and started the fire. After breakfast, he went up and 
staid until noon, with no appearance of scholars. After dinner, 
he began to listen to what was said to him, concluded he had 
been humbugged, ofiered to joay his bills, and departed for 

A stranger passing through town called at the store of James 
Breck to inquire the way. Samuel Noyes, a waggish man who 
was in the crowd, gave him the direction, asking at the same 
time if the stranger had heard the news, — to which he replied in 
the negative, asking what it might be. Mr. Noyes replied, 
" The devil is dead." To which the stranger, in apparent as- 
tonishment, exclaimed, " Ah ! oh !" Then deliberately tak- 
ing out his purse, he handed Mr. Noyes a shilling piece, quiet- 
ly remarking, as he rode away, "I always pitied poor ^a 
therless children." 

i\ miserly man, who was denying himself all the luxuries 
and many of the comforts of life, and even oppressing tiie poor 
that he might hoard up his gains, was once boasting, in the 
presence of a crowd, of his accumulations. After a pause in his 
boasting, Dea. Jonathan Cutting, who happened to be present, 
quietly remarked, " Friend, I think you are foolish to hoard up 
so. You ought to be good to the poor, and enjoy a part of it 


as you go along. You can't carry it with you into the other 
world, and if you could I am afraid it would ?neli." 

We record the following for the sake of the moral : A clergy- 
man, eminent for his usual good judgment, was about to meddle 
with a quarrel in his choir. A lawyer friend of his admonished 
him of the dangers in his pathway, to which the clergyman re- 
plied, "Let me interfere to make peace, won't you?" The 
lawyer replied, " Let me relate a fable : An honest sheep, 
distressed at the bloody noses of two rams who were having a 
fierce encounter, sought to make peace by placing her head 
between the belligerents. The poor creature found by the act, 
not reconciliation between them, but her own brains crushed 
out." The clergyman's interference resulted in a speedy resig- 
nation of his pastorate. Moral : Meddle not with other people's 

The following was often repeated of one of the jolly old fel- 
lows who used to resort to the " old brick store," where the 
evening would be spent in drinking flip, smoking, and telling 
stories. The merchant had been boasting of the fine quality of 
his powder. He said to the large crowd which surrounded 
him, " I can vouch for that, gentlemen, for I was sitting here 
one evening with others, when one of the company, in lighting 
his pipe, accidentally dropped a live coal into an open keg. 
I saw it drop, and catched a pail, and put for the river at my 
biggest gait; but if you'll believe it, when I got back, that foiv- 
der %vas niore'n half btirned 2ip T 

While Joseph Hutchinson, a lad, son of Rev. Elisha Hutch- 
inson, was lying on his death-bed, feeling that his earthly pil- 
grimage was nearly at an end, he desired a last season of pray- 
er and communion with his fellow-Christians. Many doubts 
were felt whether it would be prudent in his very low condi- 
tion. But his solicitations were so urgent that a meeting was at 
length appointed. At an early hour the room was filled with 
sympathizing friends. All were subdued in the presence of the 
dying boy. A deep, indescribable solemnity pervaded all 
hearts, was visible on every face, in every remark, and was 
manifest in every prayer. The Holy Spirit seemed indeed 
present, giving unction to all that was done and said. Near 
the close of the meeting, so full of deep interest and tender feel- 


ing, there was a pause. All hearts seemed flooded with emo- 
tion too deep for utterance. During this interval young Hutch- 
inson, recovering his strength and rising from his couch, with 
a countenance pale as in death, with only a sheet wrapped 
about him, stepped forward to the door. Extending both 
hands, and gazing upward, the vail seemed to be drawn aside, 
and he stood looking upon the glories of the other world. Turn- 
ing from these scenes with a countenance radiant with inspira- 
tion, he addressed his companions with an eloquence and a 
pathos which, heightened by his ghost-like form and snowy 
apparel, made him seem like a celestial visitant, and produced 
an efl'ect upon the company which could be felt, but which no 
tongue or pen can describe. All eyes were bathed in tears, all 
hearts were melted. At the close, turning upward his wild, 
lustrous eyes, he exclaimed, " Loved ones, farewell ! The 
angels are waiting. Meet me in heaven." Then falling back 
into his father's arms, he was carried to his bed, whence, lin- 
gering yet a little wliile, he was called home. The spirit of 
that meeting soon spread throughout the town, and was followed 
by one of the most precious revival seasons Newport has ever 
witnessed, during which hundreds were added to the church, 
including all those who were present at the meeting. 



IN 1 771, a daughter of Samuel Hurd, aged 10 years, was 
killed by the falling of a tree near the old South church. 
The tree had been girdled, instead of felled, as was much the 
practice with the earliest settlers. 

June 26, 1793, Charles Seamans, aged 19 3'ears, a son of the 
Rev. Job Seamans, of New London, fell from the plate while 
assisting at the raising of the old meeting-house, which stood 
at the foot of Claremont hill, and was so badly injured that he 
survived but a few hours. 

July 10, 1799, Enoch Whittier, a lad of 10 years, was drowned 
in the Goshen Branch of Sugar river, east of the residence of 
the late T. J. Eastman. 

A son of Ebenezer Merritt, one of the first settlers, fell from 
his cart, at Northville, and broke his neck. 

Asa Kelsey, son of Ensign Kelsey, was killed by falling from 
the frame at the raising of the house at the P. Whitcomb place. 

Mary Corbin, a daughter of Dr. James Corbin, had her skull 
broken by the kick of a horse. By a successful trepanning, she 
recovered, and lived to an advanced age. 

May 7, iSoi, a daughter of Jesse Lane, one of the earliest set- 
tlers, while crossing a foot-bridge on her father's farm, at the 
A. Pease place, fell into the river and was drowned. 

Dr. Prentice, of Springfield, a surgeon in the 31st Regiment, 
while returning home from a muster at the village, was thrown 
from his horse near the Daniel Wilmarth house, and so in- 
jured that he died in a few hours. 

In 1801, Edward Stevens and family, of this town, were lost 
at sea, while on their passage between Savannah and New 


A log rolled over Jonathan Haven with such weight as to 
cause the blood to flow from his mouth, nose, and ears. It 
was thought tiic injury must prove fatal, but he soon recov- 

Charles J. Colby descended into the well at the house next 
north of the new town hall, for the purpose of cleaning it out. 
While there, the wall caved suddeidy in, and buried him. 
The stones, however, caught and wedged in before reaching 
quite to the bottom, and left hini in the space below. With 
great effort, continuing several hours, he was rescued alive, but 
survived only a short time. He said that while there he could 
hear distinctly all the conversation of those above ; that his heart 
sunk within him when they thought of giving up his release 
alive as a hopeless job. and leaped with joy as they resumed 
their labors. 

George, son of i\zotes Chamberlin, was instantly killed, while 
passing on the highway where men were blasting rocks, by a 
piece of the falling rock. 

In 1825, Wealthy Jane, a little daughter of Capt. John Russ, 
aged 4 years, came to her death by a bean lodging in her wind- 

July 15, I S26, Jonathan, son of David Cutting, aged 7 years, 
while fishing in the pond near the Newport mill, fell in and 
was drowned. 

March 9, 1S32, three little lads, two of them sons of William 
]\Iitchell, the tanner, and one the son of Nathan Ta3dor, while 
at play with their sleds, accidentally slid into the canal, near the 
Scribncr mill, and were all drowned. 

John W., son of Samuel F. Chellis, while at work in the 
bobbin-sliop at the Diamond mill, was cauglit in the machinery 
and carried several times around by the shafting. His clothes 
were torn from his body, and he was badly but not fatally in- 

Owen, a son of Stephen Hurd, who lived on the S. Howe 
place, in the south-west part of the town, came to his death in 
this wise: On the 9th of March, 1S29, he and his father had 
been out with the neighbors breaking roads, ami were return- 
ing with a load of wood. While the father was busy behind, 
talking with the neighbors, the boy ran forward and jumped 


upon the sled, and, unnoticed by the father, accidentally slid off 
in front, and the sled ran upon him. The team soon stopped, 
and, upon search, the missing boy was found doubled up under 
the sled, and crushed to death in the most horrible manner. 

Asa Kelsey, of Croydon, was killed in this town, in 1834, by 
the fall of a timber while at a raising. 

Joel, son of Samuel Wright, while washing sheep at Kelley- 
ville, ventured too far from the shore, and, being unable to swim, 
was drowned. 

Ora B., son of Ichabod Morse, was killed by the kick of a 

Dec. 2, 1S50, Stephen Parker, Esq., aged 60 years, fell from 
a staging, near the Granite mill, upon the frozen ground, with 
such force as to fracture the skull, a portion of the brain pro- 
truding. He survived but a short time. 

On the 4th of July, 1S51, Sjdvester, son of Maj. David Harris, 
in the employ of the Western Railroad, lost his life while stand- 
ing upon the cars, decorating them with flags. His head came 
in contact with a bridge, killing him instantly. 

July 5, 1852, Chester Averill, while in the act of mounting 
his loaded stage, at Bradford, fell directly before the coach, and 
the wheels passed over his body. His injuries were thought to 
be fatal. Subsequently, in 1S76, while at East Lebanon, fish- 
ing, he slipped from a log and broke his hip, and died a few 
days afterwards. 

Abel Howe was thrown from his wagon and fatally injured 
at Randall's mill in 1S55. The horse became frightened, and 
ran over a log in the yard, and threw him out. 

In May, 1853, David B., son of David S. Newell, while on 
his way home from Georgia, was on board the train at the time 
of the terrible railroad disaster at Norwalk, Conn., and was one 
of the victims of that horrid catastrophe, being killed instantly, 
aged 22 years. 

May 16, 1855, George E. Wilcox, son of Dea. Joseph, fell 
from the foretop of the ship Mary Robinson, near Liverpool, a 
distance of some fifty feet, into the sea, and was drowned. The 
accident occurred by the breaking of a rope upon which he 
was standing to make repairs. 

In November, 1857? ^ child of Henry Davis, aged 5 years, 


while in the field with his father, stepped into a pool of water 
and was ihovvned. 

In April, iS5S,a son of Chester Walker, aged 5 years, tipped 
*a grindstone over upon himself, which caused his death. 

In 1S60, while George Cutting was loading his threshing- 
machine, one of the skids gave way, letting the whole weight 
of the machine upon him, crushing him. He survived but a 
short time. 

In July, 1S61, a son of Dexter Richards, aged 9 months, was 
scalded to death by pulling a pot of hot tea upon himself. 

In 1S71, Sylvester Warren, while grinding at Sibley's scythe 
shop, was instantly killed by the bursting of a grindstone. He 
was thi"ovvn back several feet, and remained in a sitting posi- 

In 1S54, '^ grindstone belonging to B. F. Haven, Esq., weigh- 
ing about one thousand pounds, burst, with a noise like a can- 
non, injuring a Mr. Baker, but not seriously. 

In September, 1S65, the stage filled with passengers, while 
returning from Bradford, was upset, throwing them all into a 
deep ditch. Some of the passengers were seriously, but none 
fatally, injured. 

In November, 1S63, while engaged in digging a ditch for an 
aqueduct across the land of Nathan Mudget, for the purpose of 
supplying the F. W. Lewis house with water, Daniel Muzzy 
and Benjamin Dunham were buried alive by the caving of the 
quicksand of the high bank through which they were shovel- 
ling. One was covered to a depth of six feet, and the other still 
deeper. It was half an hour before the one was dug out, and 
the other was under ground for nearly an hour. They were 
both taken out alive, neither of them receiving any permanent 
injury. Three days after, " Billy" Iloben, an Irishman, at'ter 
boasting somewhat roundly of his courage and ability to finish 
the job, was caught in the same trap, and buried still deeper. 
When his body was so far released as to admit of respiration» 
before the sand was out of his eyes, he sent up a fearful yell for 
^''Wkis-kcy — ivhis-key !" It was brought him; and between 
two neighbors he soon marched olV in triumph. 

June I, 1S63, Lavina Fitch, while riding in a boat on Lily 

pond, with a party, fell overboard and was drowned. 


Saville M., son of Lewis Pillsbury, while jumping from a 
sled, was killed by the accidental discharge of a gun. The 
contents lodged in his head, entering at his left eye. He sur- 
vived but a short time. 

The doctrine that calamities always come in pairs is well 
illustrated in the circumstance that a few years since two young 
men by the name of Carr, — Isaac and Benjamin F., — the one 
living on East mountain, and the other on Wilmarth mountain, 
nearly at the same time lost each an eye by the hook of an ox. 

Carroll W. Peabody was killed in 1864, while felling a tree at 
the old homestead in the west part of the town. 

Albert H. Sprague, Jan. 5, 1S66, while returning home from 
the village, on foot, the night being cold and blustering, got off 
the road on the hill north of the school-house at Kelleyville, and 
was found the next morning frozen to death. His age was 56 

The wife of Milon Booth, while standing with her back to 
the stove, at her new home in California, had her clothing take 
fire, resulting in a most skocking and painful death. 

In 1 866. Capt. Zina Goldthwaite fell from his hay-loft upon 
the barn floor, where he was found in an insensible condition, 
with one hip broken, and otherwise badly injured. 

In August, 1869, Miss Parmelia Bowers, a sister of S. L. 
Bowers, Esq., was thrown from a carriage and badly injured. 
While the horse was under full headway, one rein gave way, 
the team turned suddenly around, and upset the carriage. 

Henry M., son of Joseph Chase, while at work in a mill at 
Manchester, was caught in a belt and thrown around the shaft- 
ing, by which accident he lost his right arm. 

June 3, 1869, Millard Osmer, a young man at work in the 
Granite mills, retired to his bed with a night-lamp and book. 
About twenty minutes after being left alone, with his lamp upon 
his breast, reading, a smoke was discovered about the house, 
and a noise was heard in his room. Upon entering it, a most 
horrid spectacle was presented. The remains of the young man 
were found lying upon the floor, burned in the most shocking 
manner. He was subject to fits, and it was supposed that he 
had fallen into one when his bed took fire. 

In February, 1871, John Burke, an Irishman, a teamster in 


the employ of S. H. Etles, Esq., was thrown from his wagon, 
near the summit at Newbury, and was so seriously injured that 
death soon after resulted. 

April 32, 1S72, David Wilmarth, aged 73 years, was precip- 
itated upon the floor of his barn from the scaiVoUliiig by the 
sliding of a ladder upon which he was descending. lie was so 
severely injured that he died in a few days. 

Willis Partridge, a native of Croydon, while at work in the 
Coffin & Nourse factory, was cauglit in a belt and severely in- 

October 4, 1S72, Horace Sprague. while attempting to cross 
the railroad in the west part of the town, with a team, was 
struck by a passing engine and badly injured. One of his 
horses was killed. 

January 35, 1873, Henry A. Wilcox, while in the basement 
of the village saw-mill, where lie went^to procure sawdust, 
came in contact with the saw, and had his right arm, above the 
elbow, severed from his body. 

Geo. H. Comstock, a brakeman on the railroad, was thrown 
from the down train near Warner village, on the morning of 
April 17, 1S73, and was run over by the cars and killed. 

May 4, 1S731 a tenement house on Elm street, belonging to 
S. L. Bowers, Esq., was consumed by fire. During the prog- 
ress of the flames, the main chimney fell upon Charles E. Rich- 
ards and George Williams, crushing them in a most shocking 
manner. The former was killed instantly ; the latter survived 
but a short time. Richards was son of Sylvanus, aged 26 
years. Williams was a young man from Vermont. 

February 4, 1S74, Willie Baker, a lad of 17 years, employed 
in the sash and blind factory of Dow & Baker, was caught in a 
belt and carried with great violence over a shaft, by which both 
legs and one arm were broken, and other severe injuries in- 

June 10, 1S74, ^^ *^^^ gravel train was passing near the trot- 
ting-park east of the village. Dominie Martin, a Frenchman, 
while attempting to pass from one car to another, fell between 
them, and was run over and so badly injured that he died in a 
few hours. 

May 17, 1S76, the body of O. B. Stearns was fuuutl t)n the 


banks of the river, near the residence of William S. Kemp- 

November 14, 1S76, George Ladd, son of Jeremiah, aged 17 
years, was drowned in the mill-pond of L. F. Dodge. He was 
there for the purpose of setting traps. It was supposed he 
came to his death by the upsetting of his boat. 

September i, 1876, George B. Dyer, living at Kelleyville, 
went into the woods for a load of bark. Not returning, a mes- 
senger was sent in search of him, who found the load upset, and 
the lifeless remains of Mr. Dyer lying near by. 

In the summer of 1877, a son of Jeremiah Ladd, while at- 
tempting to get upon a moving raih'oad car, was thrown imder 
one of the wheels, by which one of his limbs was so badly 
crushed, that, in order to save his life, amputation was resort- 
ed to. 

A Mr. Dowlin, aii operative in the mills, was caught in the 
belting of a rapidly-revolving wheel, crushing and mangling his 
person in every part to such an extent as to leave hardly the 
semblance of the human form. He nevertheless survived, and 
finally recovered from the effects of the injury. 




' I ^IIE first building burned in town was the liousc of Benja- 
■*- mill Bragg, wliich stood upon the site occupied by the 
present dwelling of G. H. Fairbanks. 

The house of Aaron Buell, one of the early settlers, situated 
near the B. VV. Jenks place, was destroyed by fire. 

The dwelling of Philip W. Kibby was burnt, and with it 
the records of the Baptist church and society. 

A blacksmith shop belonging to Dea. David B. Cliapin, 
standing on the grounds now occupied by the residence of 
Matthew Harvey, Esq., was consumed in 1S28. 

November 19, 1829, the blacksmith shop and out-buildings of 
Ira Wakefield, situated in the north part of the town, at the 
Kibby place, were destroyed. 

A barn and shed belonging to Hubbard Newton, Esq., in 
which was stored a quantity of hay and flax, was consumed in 
December, 1S29. 

A barn filled with hay, owned by Capt. John Russ, was de- 
stroyed in 1S34; iiccident caused by a careless smoker. 

The woollen mill belonging to Messrs. Smith & Rockwell, 
on Sugar river, near the residence of Austin L. Fletcher, was 
burnt in 1S35. 

A woollen factory, standing on the spot now occupied by the 
Eagle mills, and owned by Hon. Franklin Simonds, was de- 
stroyed in 1S33. This was the first woollen mill in town, and 
Nvas erected by Col. James D. Walcott in 1S13. Il was rebuilt 
and occupied by Philo Fuller as a worsted mill, and was again 
burned in iS.)o. 


The old Newport academy, a two-story structure, used at the 
time as a school-room for District No. 2 and a vestry for the 
Congregational church, was burned Nov. 2, 1843. It stood on 
the ground north of the church, now occupied by the Congrega- 
tional parsonage. The fire took in the stairway leading to the 
upper room, where a school was being kept ; and a son of Kev. 
John Woods, one of the scholars, came near perishing before 
he was rescued at a window in the opposite end of the building. 

The north wing of the old Baldwin house, standing on the 
ground now occupied by Wheeler's block, was consumed in 
December, 1845. 

A saw-mill owned by Dea. Jonathan Cutting, in which was 
also a bedstead shop, run by Nutting & Buxton, standing on the 
ground now occupied by the Sugar River mill, was destroyed 
injuly, 1S47. Loss, $2,000. 

September 8, 1848, the scythe factory at Northville, belong- 
ing to Larned & Sibley, together with much valuable machinery 
and fixtures, was consumed ; also, more than a hundred dozen 
scythes, ready for market, besides others in an unfinished state. 
Loss, $3,500; insurance, $1,200. 

The dwelling, with its contents, owned by Erastus Huntoon, 
at Northville, was destroyed Nov. 27, 1850. The fire was 
caused by a defect in the chimney. 

February 8, 1851, the dwelling of Enoch Noyes, standing at 
the foot of Claremont hill, together with nearly all its contents, 
was burned. No insurance. 

February 16, 1852, the saw-mill of Oliver Comstock, in the 
east part of the town, was destroyed. 

July 28, 1853, the dwelling of Nathan Gould, in the north- 
west part of the town, was burned. The family were absent. 

The school-house in District No. 2 was destroyed in 1859. 

In February, 1855, the cardboard factory belonging to Royal 
Booth, on the brook at Randall's mills, was burned. Insui'ance, 

Jan. 6, 1S60, the Newport House, then owned by H. G. P. & 
J. H. Cross, was burned. There was a large ball at the house 
that evening, and the fire was supposed to have originated with 
some intoxicated lads from a neighboring county, who had been 
denied access to the hall. 


In January, 1S62, a fire broke out in the picker-room of the 
Sugar River Mills, and consumed S(jme $Soo worth of cotton 
and wool. The fire-proof walls and force-pump prevented the 
destruction of the mill. 

In 1862, the house of Maximilian J. Webber cauglit fire, and 
was materially injured. 

In December, 1S65, the dry-house connected with the pail 
shop of Hial Dow, at Northville, was burned. 

The tannery of Hunton & Dill, and the grist-mill, barn, and 
dwelling-house of C. C. Shedd, Esq., were consumed Jan. 6, 
1S66. A considerable portion of tlie contents of the buildings 
was saved. The loss was particularly severe upon Mr. Shedd, 
whose property was thus all swept away. 

The barn, shed, and butchery of Oliver F. Stearns were burned 
in I 866. 

The bridge near the residence of T. W. Gilmore, Esq., was de- 
stroyed by fire in 1867. It was thought the fire was caused by 
a spark dropped from the pipe of a careless traveller. Loss, — 

In January, 1S67, a dwelling-house owned by Steplien Call, 
near the village cemetery, was burned. 

The most destructive fire that has ever happened in town 
was on the night of Nov. i, 1S67. It took in some shavings in 
the rear of the Sugar River House, then owned by G. L. Cass, 
and consumed the hotel, barn, and buildings attached, the store 
of Whitney & Sibley at the south, and the dwelling-house and 
all the out-buildings of Ethan S. Chase at the nortli. It was 
thought to be the work of an incendiary. These buildings oc- 
cupied the ground on which now stand the Whitney store, 
Phenix hotel, Woodbury's block, and the Dudley building. In- 
surance, Whitney & Sibley, $500 ; Cass, $3,100; Chase, $2,000. 

In November, 1S67, a barn belonging to W. D. Barrett, at 
Northville, was burned. 

In 186S, the house and all the buildings owned by Chester 
Dodge, and occupied by Seth Chellis, Esq., in the north 
part of the village, were destroyed. 

Feb. 16, 1S70, the barn of Timothy Ilerrick v\-as burned 
Loss, $350 ; insurance, $100. 

Nov. 19, 1S70, a cottage house belonging to Solomon Dean, 


Esq., standing near the school-house in District No. 14, was de- 
stroyed. Loss, $1,200; insurance, $Soo. 

Jan. 26, 1S72, the dwelUng-house, together with its contents, 
belonging to Richard H. Thompson, Jr., at the Sears place on 
the Unity road, was destroyed. The family were away for an 
afternoon visit, and returned to find their home in ashes. Loss, 
$1,000; no insurance. 

Nov. II, 1S72, the Newport Mills, owned by Abiathar Rich- 
ards, were burned. The fire took in the picker, which was on 
the second floor. Mr. E. A. Whipple, foreman of the mill, who 
was present, said the entire mass of material passing through 
the machine and lying about it apparently ignited in a moment, 
and baffled all his efforts to stay its progress. It was a three- 
story building, originally erected and used as an oil-mill. In- 
sui'ance, $15,000. 

Sept. 24, 1873, the house and barn belonging to Edward 
Stevens, situated in the south part of the village, were destroyed 
by fire. The residence was new. Lisured, $2,000. 

Dec. 24, 1S72, a barn belonging to Mr. William Kempton 
was destroyed, with forty tons of hay and nineteen head of cat- 
tle. No insurance. 

June 20, 1873, tv/o barns, owned by Orrin C. & W^illiam B. 
Kibby, in the north part of the town, were destroN'ed by fire, 
together with four hogs and a lot of farming tools. Loss, 
$2,000 ; insured for $500. 

About two o'clock on the morning of Nov. 14, 1873, fire was 
discovered in a livery stable occupied by Milton S. Jackson, 
which was destroyed, with six horses and a large quantity of 
hay, grain, etc., together with a building owned by Benjamin 
M. Gilmore, and used by him in the manufacture of coflins ; 
and an ell connected with the Eagle block, and owned by S. H. 
Edes. The stable belonged to S. L. Bowers. Total loss esti- 
mated at $7,000 ; partially insured. 

March 17, 1874, the house of Lucius Lathrop, on the Sunapee 
road, was destroyed. Lisured, $2,000. 

In 1S75, two barns belonging to tlie same were burned. 
On the 25th of March, 1874, the rake and handle manufactory 
of Leander F. Dodge, on Oak street, was consumed. Loss, 


A dwelling-house belonging to the estate of Leonard Lawton, 
on Summer street, near the school-house in District Xo. 14, 
was burned. 

In 1S76, a fire caught in the picker-room of the flannel mill 
of S. H. Edes. The room being fire-proof, the fire was extin- 
guished. Damage, $200. 

May, 1S74, the house of .S. F. and A. W. Clark, on Laurel 
street, caught fire. The ]ironij)t appearance of both engines 
and nearly the whole village, soon extinguished the flames. 
The building was seriously damaged, both by fire and flood. 

About three o'clock on the morning of July 20, 1S75, the 
house, ell. and stable of A. P. Wellcome, on the Croydon road, 
were destroyed by fire. Insurance, $6,000. 

May 19, 1877, the house, and all the out-buildings and con- 
tents, belonging to Elon Cutting, on the Unity road, at the ]SI. 
Hurd place, were destroyed. The loss was $5,000 ; insurance, 

In November, 1S77, ^^^^ barns and sheds, with hay and a sta- 
ble filled with cattle, owned by Shepherd H. Cutting, and sit- 
uated in the west part of the town, were destroyed by fire. It 
was supposed to be the work of an incendiary. 

In 187S, the buildings owned by B. C. & H. N. Pike, at the 
J. E. Reed place, on Pike hill, were destroyed. 

In August, 1S78, a shed filled with wood, belonging to the 
Concord & Claremont Railroad, was burned. 

September 21, 1878, the village saw-mill, all its machinery 
and much lumber, two dwellings, an ell and a barn, belonging 
to the estate of Daniel Nettleton, a large wooden structure be- 
longing to L. Whittemore and E. E. Stearns, in which were 
machinery, lumber, and a huge cpiantity of rakes belonging to 
Alexander & Perkins, and the dwelling and barn of John Flan- 
agan, — all situated in a group between the railroad and river, — 
were destroyed. The railroad bridge was damaged ; grain, 
hay, and live stock were lost. The Nettleton property was in- 
sured for $2,500 ; Alexander & Perkins, rake- and handle-mak- 
ers, for $500; Lorenzo Whittemore, sash- and blind-maker, 
for $1,500; John Flanagan, for $1,200; E. E. Stearns, for 



The barn of Dea. Jeremiah Nettleton, at the H. Hanson place, 
was struck by lightning in the summer of 1S14. His son and a 
son of Philip W. Kibby were in it at play at the time. His son 
was struck on the head by a portion of the timber thrown oif 
by the lightning, which fractured his skull. When taken up he 
was thought to be dead, but soon revived. The crushed por- 
tions of the skull were removed, and his life was prolonged to 
an advanced age. The lightning, striking the Kibby boy on 
the back of his head, passed down the whole length of his body 
and limbs, inflicting a severe injury, from which he was a long 
time in recovering. He fell, when struck, directly under the 
eaves of the barn, from which the water poured in torrents 
upon him, and which was thought to have been the means of 
saving his life. The new tow frock and trowsers which he 
wore were literally torn into shreds, and lay at his feet. 

The barn belonging to the residence of M.J. Webber, occu- 
pied by Brooks C. Flanders, was struck by lightning on the 5th 
of July, 1S42, and considerably injured. A hen and her brood, 
sitting at the foot of the post down which the fluid passed, 
were found undisturbed, but with life extinguished. 

August II, 1S43, a cow owned by Cyril Wheeler was killed 
by lightning. 

June 28, 1843, Charles Comstock had a fine pair of oxen 
killed by lightning. 

On the 30th of July, 1S46, the dwelling of Orange Whitney 
was struck by lightning. It hit two chimneys situated near 
each end of the house. From one it passed down a post, tear- 
ing oft' a coftee-mill attached to it. Mrs. W., who stood only 
a few feet from the post, was made senseless by the shock, but 
soon recovered. 

In June, 184S, the lightning struck the dwelling of Gov. 
Ralph Metcalf, now occupied by William Dunton, throwing 
the laths and j^histering all over the nursery, which Mrs. M. 
and her two children had left but a moment before. Passing 
to the lower story, a portion of the fluid followed the bell-wire, 
but, avoiding the glass door-knob, passed unceremoniously out 
at the front door, taking the panels with it. 


October 21, 1S51, the dwelling of Bela N. Chamberlin, stand- 
ing on the spot now occupied by the Phenix hotel, was struck, 
but received slight damage. 

The barn of Calvin Thatcher, on Thatcher hill, was struck 
by lightning, Oct. 19, 1S53, and three of his cattle were killed. 

In September, 1S62, Davis B. Robinson had a valuable yoke 
of oxen killed by the electric fluid. 

During a shower, Oct. 10, 1S73, the bridge across the Goshen 
Branch of Sugar river, on Elm street, was struck by lightning. 
The damage was slight. 

The lightning struck the house of the Rev. Paul S. Adams 
during a severe shower, July 23, 1S72, but passed down the rod, 
doing but sliglit damage. 

During a terrific thunder-storm in the summer of 1S76, a 
liirhtninof-ball w'ent into the chamber window of the house of 
S. F. Lund, at the south end of the village, and when within 
about a foot of the chamber floor, it exploded, doing no dam- 
age whatever. Mrs. Gleason, who was in the room at the 
time, saw the ball when it came in at the window, and was not 
more than four feet from it at the time of the explosion. Dur- 
ing the same shower, a streak of lightning passed down one of 
the rods on the house of Dr. J. L. Swett, passing ofl' on the 
granite underpinning into the cellar, but doing no particular 

July 17, 1S77, the barn of Henry J. Ilurd, at Northville, was 
struck by lightning, splitting five posts and tearing ofl' shingles 
and boards. No marks of fire were seen, though there was 
hay in the barn. 



-^ association was organized Sept. 26, 1874. Its object is the 
promotion of agriculture and the mechanic arts. George E. 
Dame was chosen president ; Charles A. Silsby, Augustus 
Trask, and Benjamin F. Carr, vice-presidents; Henry A. Jenks, 
treasurer ; E. R. Miller, Secretary ; Dexter Richards, Geo, E. 
Dame, F. W. Lewis, W. A. Perry, and Samuel K. Wright, 
directors. The officers since have been, — 

-Presidents — Geo. E. Dame, 1S76; Charles A. Silsby, 1S77, 

Vice-Presidents — G. F. Whitney, 2d, Simon A. Tenney, 
Augustus Wylie, 1S76 ; G. F. Whitney, 2d, Augustus W^ylie, 
S. A. Tenney, 1877; G. H. Towle, Augustus Wylie, B. F. 
Carr, 1S78. 

Secretaries — E, M. Kempton, 1S76, 1S77 ; Simon A. Ten- 
ney, 1 878. 

Treasurers — Henry A. Jenks, 1S76, 1S77 ; Perley S. Coffin, 

Ma7tagers—^l'Ax\^ Gove, W. H. Perry, G. H. Towle, B. F. 
Carr, S. H. Cutting, 1876, 1877 ; E. M. Kempton, O. Parker, 
O. C. Kibby, Freeman Cutting, and Samuel P. Wright, 1S78. 

During the autumn and winter tliis association has had fre- 
quent meetings for the discussion of fiirm topics, which have 
been well attended and full of interest. 

The first annual town fair was held Sept. 30, 1875, under 
the auspices of this society. It was an occasion of much inter- 
est. Some 1 17 yokes of oxen were present, nearly all of which 
were joined in one team and driven through the village streets, 


escorted by the Newport Cornet Band and the fire companies. 
The display of stock and the various agricultural products was 
very extensive, and the display of fancy work in the ladies' de- 
partment was elaborate and beautiful. In all the departments 
the exhibition was most flattering. Each year since, the town 
has held its amiual fair under the direction of this association, 
with a like success, all indicating a most commendable interest 
in agrictdture on the part of our citizens. 

The speakers at the diflerent fairs have been, — Geo. E. Jenks, 
Esq., of Concord, and Hon. L. P. Cooper, of Croydon, 1S76; 
Gen. Luther McCutchins, of New London, James O. Adams, 
Esq., of Manchester, and lion. Jvloses Humphrey, of Concord, 
1877 ; lion. John D. Lyman and Hon. L. P. Cooper, 1S7S. 

Marshals — J. B. Cooper, G. F. Whitney, 2d, S. M. Richards, 
S. H. Cutting, W. H. Perry. 

In 1S7S, Freeman Cutting had on exhibition ninety-four head 
of cattle, besides a large number of fat hogs and colts, and S. 
H. Edes, Esq., had a nice herd of thorough-bred Ayrshires. At 
this fair it was estimated that more than 4,000 persons were 

The Sullivan County Agricultural Society held an annual 
fair in this town Oct. i, 1S51. The day was fine, and the fair 
in all respects was a success. A Devon bull, owned by P. & 
M. Humphrey and E. H. Brown, of Croydon, weighing a ton, 
and two Ayrshire cows, by H. Bingham, of Unity, were among 
the objects of greatest interest, both, then, comparatively rare 
breeds of stock in this section of the country. An able address 
was delivered on the occasion by the Rev. John Woods, a prac- 
tical farmer as well as preacher. 

The Sullivan Grange, No. 8, Patrons of Husbandry, was 
organized in Newport, Nov. 7, 1873, by Edwin Thompson, 
Deputy of the National Grange, Patrons of Husbandry, with 
twenty-seven charter members, which has been increased to 
sixty members, its present number. Its officers, in 1874 and 
I87^, were, — Master, Isaac A. Reed; Secretary, Simon A. 
Tenney ; — in 1S76 and 1S77, Master, Simon A. Tenney ; Sec- 
retai-y, Lorenzo L. Cutts ; — in 1S78, Master, Frederick L. Lit 
tie; Secretary, Charles A. Silsby. 



The following farm statistics have been gathered from vari- 
ous sources : 





Stock in 

Money at 



























In 1S70, the census showed 18,533 ''^cres of improved land, 
317 horses, 1,843 cattle, 1,372 sheep, 371 swine; value of live- 
stock, $137,501, Total amount of farm products, as given by 
the U. S. census, $148,156; — wheat, S56 bushels; rye, 398; 
corn, 10,807; barley, 14,520; wool, 8,140 pounds; beans, 322 
bushels ; potatoes, 30,170 ; apples, $7,299 worth ; butter, 67,979 
pounds; cheese, 11,326; milk, 10,880 quarts ; hay, 4,998 tons ; 
maple sugar, 33,290 pounds; value of slaughtered animals, 

In 1872 the number of polls was 636; valuation, $1,711,668 ; 
stock in trade, $70,650 ; stocks and money at interest, $95,604 ; 
saving bank deposits, $118,283 ; town debt, $100,060. 

In 1S76, the selectmen reported as follows: The town has 
produced 3,940 tons of hay ; 29,600 bushels of potatoes ; 7,690 
bushels of shelled corn ; 650 bushels of wheat ; 12,940 bushels 
of oats ; 290 bushels of rye ; 2,200 bushels of barley ; 790 bush- 
els of India and buckwheat ; 245 bushels of pease and beans ; 
63,635 quarts of milk sold or used as milk ; 64,475 pounds of 
butter ; 30,000 dozen eggs ; 34,000 pounds of poultry ; 73,750 
pounds of maple sugar; 5,800 pounds of wool. 

In 1878, the selectmen report, — Whole inventory of the town, 
$1,196,440 ; increase over the year previous, $27,485 ; per cent, 
of taxation, $1.82 ; highway tax, 17 cents on $100; number of 
horses, 496: cattle, 1,448; sheep, 1,458; hogs, 421 ; dogs, 166. 

The New Hampshire Board of Agriculture has held several 


sessions in this town, which have been full of interest, and 
have been very profitable to the agricultural portion of the 

Capt. Joel Nettleton kept a full-blooiled Durham bull in 1827 
for the improvement of stock. 

Paul J. Wheeler in 1S60 raised an xMderney calf which at six 
months old weighed 600 pounds, which he sold to the Enfield 
Shakers for $100. 

John Endicott took the first premium at the state fair in 1S54 
for the best fat ox. It was four years old, and weighed 2,590 

William H. Sprague slaughtered a hog in 1863 which weigh- 
ed 714 pounds ; Emerson & Booth one in 1855, which weighed 
825 pounds; and Britton & Wiggin one in 1877, which weigh- 
ed, after being dressed, 1,025 pounds. 

James Baker, in 1868, produced and sold 1,407 dozen eggs, — 
kept 160 hens. 

Wm. F. Newton, Esq., in one year produced and sold 100 
bushels of strawberries. Other parties have since engaged in 
the business. 

A cow owned by N. B. Hull, Esq., had five calves in two 



' I ^HE first settlers in town, coming from the region bordering 
-^ on Long Island Sound, were accustomed to all kinds of fish- 
ing sports, and felt the loss of them here. As a substitute, they 
were accustomed, after the planting season was over, to go down 
to Bellows Falls and spend several daj's in a general good time, 
catching shad and salmon, which in those days, before the dams 
were built across the river below, used to come up thus far in 
great abundance. This season of sport and recreation was al- 
wa3'S looked forward to with great interest by the young men 
and boys. Sugar river and its tributaries have always furnish- 
ed an ample field for those sportsmen who are seeking trout 
and the other varieties of the smaller fish. The interest in this 
direction has been greatly augmented by the introduction of the 
black bass by our fish commissioners. 

The Newport Fishing Club was organized in 1871. They 
erected a house on Big island, in Sunapee lake, in 1S74, where 
they established their head-quarters, and to which they, their la- 
dies and guests, make frequent excursions during the summer 
months, spending time in fishing, boat-riding, and social en- 

Soon after the war a party of young men took their teams, 
camp equipage, and a reporter for the press, and spent several 
weeks among the mountains and lakes in the north part of the 
state, hunting and fishing. 

In Ma}', 1827, an eagle was captured on the meadows, which 
measured from tip to tip some six feet. A quill from one of its 
wings was manufactured into a pen, with which the editor of 
the Spectator i"ecorded the incident, and which he declared 


imparted a special inspiration to his editorials. In May, 1S29, 
Capt. Oliver Lund shot a very large eagle upon the meadows, 
but as nofjuill reached the editor, only a terse account of it was 
given. Among all the game which has abounded in our forests, 
the partridi^e and the pigeon have been the most hunted and the 
most enjoyed. 

The deer, a valuable game, was much hunted and enjoyed in 
the earlier days. The rabbit and grav squirrel have always 
been plenty, and their meat has been among the luxuries. So 
late as the winter of 1S27 a deer was discovered and shot in our 

In the earlier days bears were comparatively numerous, and 
often captured. The wife of John ^Vilmarth, who lived near 
the Griffin place, sent John Moore, a lad living in the family, 
to a thicket of hemlocks to procure boughs for a broom. He 
soon came running back, declaring that a big bear was down 
there. Mrs. Wilmarth went to the barn and notified her hus- 
band, who, taking his gun, ran to explore the region. lie found 
that the bo}' had walked up a large tree which had been blown 
nearly down, for the purpose of picking the boughs, and that 
Bruin had walked out directly imder his feet. The neighbors 
were aroused and gave chase. The animal was overtaken and 
captured near the M. Ilurd place. 

A bear was caught on Coit mountain in 1S67. It was first 
seen by Mr. Geo. Humphrey, of Croydon, crossing the road be- 
tween the flat and the village. A dog was set upon his track, 
and soon drove him into a tree. Several men, by climbing 
into neighboring trees, were enabled to throw ropes around his 
neck, which so strangled the animal that they were able to bind 
him and carry him down to the residence of Mr. Goldthvvaite, 
where he was kept for some time on exhibition. 

The people of this town have several times joined with citi- 
zens of otlier towns in grand bear hunts. In April, 1S27, the 
people of this and all the towns around Sunapee mountain 
joined in a hunt. They formed a circle around the entire base 
of the mountain. The signal horn was sounded for starting, 
and continued around the whole circle, which signal was re- 
peated every half hour until their arrival at the top. A like 



hunt on Croydon mountain shortly after was not more success- 
fuL In both cases nothing but small game was captured. 

Dea. Phineas Chapin was a tithing-man of the town, and 
performed his official functions with such strictness as to forbid 
young men travelling to visit their sweethearts on Sunday. He 
was himself on one occasion overtaken by an embarrassing 
temptation, which exemplifies the rule that the good are often 
the most tempted. One Sunday he discovered a large black 
bear sitting upon its haunches in his cornfield, picking and eat- 
ing the ears of corn. The deacon, either forgetting, through 
the excitement of the occasion, his official character, or remem- 
bering those passages of scripture which teach the lawfulness 
of doing good on the Sabbath, and that " if any provide not for 
his own, and especially for those of his own house, he hath de- 
nied the faith and is worse than an infidel " (we leave the read- 
er to judge which), seized his favorite gun, and with deliberate 
aim sent a bullet through the bear's heart. He thus not only 
saved his corn, but the meat and skin of the bear materially 
added to the family supplies. 



INDIANS. Newport has but little of Indian history. No 
-*- Indians occupied or claimed the territory at the time or 
since the first settlement ; and few are the traces which have 
been discovered indicating that this has ever been much their 
home or hunting-ground. It has been a conjecture, the truth 
or falsity of which can never be known, that Eastman, the dar- 
ing and adventurous trapper, the first white man that explored 
the beautiful meadows of Newport, was waylaid and killed by 
the Indians, who were jealous of any infringement upon their 
hunting- and fishing-grounds. After the French and Indian 
War, a few lingered in the valley of the Connecticut and around 
the shores of Sunapee lake, but none here. 

Tradition says the early settlers here experienced one alarm, 
only, from this source. The Indians had been showing signs 
of a spirit of hostility. They had been attacking and commit- 
ting depredations upon other towns, carrying away much booty 
and many prisoners, the rumor of which had reached this town, 
and filled the hearts of the settlers with alarm. In the midst of 
this state of feeling, which may have magnified the danger, a 
band of Indians was seen lurking about the forests. The peo- 
ple were greatly frightened, expecting an immediate attack. 
The men flew to arms, and gave them chase. The Indians 
fled by way of the Aiken hill, and, eluding the vigilance of 
the pursuit, which continued all day, were never overtaken. 
Meanwhile the women, for safety, had fled in all directions, and 
had sought all manner of hiding-places, where they remained 
concealed all night. In the morning, upon the return of the 
men, the signal-gun, agreed upon the day before, was fired, and 
all returned to their homes unharmed. 


Ruth Labaree. a native of Charlestown, afterwards wife of 
Nathan Hurd, one of the early settlers here, and whose father 
was taken prisoner by the same company that captured and 
carried away Mrs. Johnson, escaped sharing a similar fate by 
hiding under a log. Several times, in search of her, the Ind- 
ians passed over the log under which she was concealed. She 
was often heard to say that her heart beat so loud she was 
afraid the Indians would hear it, and thus discover her hiding- 

Rev. Peter Paul Osunkhirhine, an Indian clergyman, of St. 
Francis, Canada East, visited this town in April, 1861. He 
came to this place some forty years previous, entirely unedu- 
cated. Here he prepared for college, under the tuition of Rev. 
Mr. Wheelock, the then Congregational minister of this town, 
and graduated at Moore's Indian Charity School, connected 
with Dartmouth college. For the last twenty-six years previ- 
ous to his visit, he had been a missionary among the Indians, 
and had shared their fortunes. He had been in the employ of 
the British Fur Company, and was recollected while here as 
an expert at hunting and fishing. On one occasion, while at 
school in this town, seeing a squirrel at the door, he darted out 
of the school-room, gave chase to the animal, and was not again 
seen for several days. He was at length found upon Sunapee 

Irish. Emigrants from Ireland began to come to this town 
as early as 1835, — since which time they have become compar- 
atively numerous, and are now among our most industrious, 
thriving, and valuable citizens. Among them were the Hei'- 
ricks, the Lyons, the Whalens, the Reardons, the Burkes, the 
Flanagans, the Burnses, the Cotters, the Farrells, the Aherns, 
the Keefes, the Kingsleys, and the Learys. 

French. The Canadian French began coming here during 
the civil war. 

Negroes. Very early in the history of the town quite a 
colony of negroes settled on Coit mountain and its vicinity, 
mainly on the eastern slope. Vance Coit, one of their number, 
made his home near its summit. The cellar wall, the rose- 



bush, and the balm still remain, to attest the spot where he 
lived. His residence there gave the mountain its name. Tra- 
dition says, that in him the moral sentiment was not always 
predominant, for at one time he was whipped at the post, at 
the Wilcox store, at the corner of Main and Maple streets, for 
stealing a bag of meal at ClareuKMit. His wife, who was a 
white woman, was present at the time, and when the blood 
began to run down his back, became very much agitated, and 
rushing forward, exclaimed, "Don't lick him to death I give 
me a part of the blows !" It was thought that the theft miglit 
have l)cen instigated by her. 

The following incident is related of him : A neiglibor, hav- 
ing some hay in a condition in which it would spoil unless 
taken care of on the Sabbath, applied to Vance for help, olVer- 
ing him a pound of sugar if he would assist in getting it in. 
Vance, with much apparent indignation, replied, '" Do you 
think I would have my soul fry in hell to all eternity for a pound 
of sugar? No!" — then added, "Give me two pounds, and I 
will risk it." 

Tom Billings, another of the colony who lived with Coit, 
deserted his wife, and ran away with a white girl to Canada. 
Robert Nott and Salem Colby were also among the number. 

Jesse Sherburn, of a later period, was a boot-black. He 
was a veiy clever man, given to fun and poetry. Meeting the 
Rev. !Mr. Woods, one morning, he said, "Sir, you shines the 
souls of men ; I shines their uppers I" 

Charles Hall was once a slave in Florida. The manner of 
his escape was in this wise : He was headed up in a sugar hogs- 
head and put on board a vessel, without the knowledge of the 
captain, by a brother of Dea. Jonathan Cutting, and smuggled 
to Boston, from which place he was forwarded here to the 
deacon. Charley was a jolly soul, and few ever plied him 
with a joke who did not get back a repartee that made them 
willing to quit even. 



NEWPORT, in common with other towns along the valley 
of the Connecticut river, once seceded from New Hamp- 
shire and joined the state of Vermont. The following extracts, 
taken from the town records, show the action of the town in the 
matter. March 14, 17S1, in the warrant calling a town-meet- 
ing, we find the following : 

Art. 4. To see if the town will accept the doings of the Convention 
lastly held at Cornish in order to join the State of Vermont and com- 
ply with the requisitions of said convention in sending a Representative 
to the Assembly to be holden in Windsor in said state the first Wednes- 
day of April next. 

March 29, 1781. Voted this town of Newport join in union with the 
State of Vermont. Voted Benj. Giles, Esq, to be a Delegate to Repre- 
sent the town of Newport in the General Assembly of Vermont to be 
holden at Windsor in the state of Vermont the first Wednesday in April 
next ensuing. Voted that Aaron Buell, Jesse Wilcox, and Josiah Stev- 
ens be a committee to give instructions to the Representative above 
named for his direction in the General Assembly of Vermont. 

ISIay 2, 1 781, the town was notified to meet, in order to be 
qualified as freemen of Vermont, and vote for judges of the 
courts, sheriff', judge of probate, and justices of the peace. On 
the 14th of the same month they met and chose town officers, 
in accordance with the laws of Vermont. The town, however, 
soon returned its allegiance to this state; for we find that the 
next annual meeting, in March, 17S3, was called in the name 
of the state of New Hampshire. 




HE following incidents and anecdotes were mainly gath- 
-*- crcd at the time of the historical celebration in 1S46. 

The first blow struck in felling the forests in town was by 
Absalom Kelsey, on the D. F. Pike farm at the foot of Clare- 
mont hill. Which farm should have the honor of the first blow, 
had been previously decided by lot. 

The first cabin in town, the one in which the six young men, 
who came to town in 1765 and commenced clearing away the 
forest, had slielter, stood on the gentle swell of land a few rods 
south of the house now occupied by Reuben Ainger at the foot 
ofClaremont hill. It was covered, sides and roof, with hem- 
lock bark, stayed in its place between poles confined together by 
means of withes. They obtained their provisions at Charles- 
town, for which they paid in work during the haying season. 

The first apple raised in town was by Benjamin Bragg, on 
the G. H. Fairbanks place. The tree bore but one apple : it 
disappeared, and what became of it was always a mystery. A 
young lady residing in the family at the time was alwa3S sup- 
posed to have been in some way accessory to the loss. 

The first child born in town was a son of Jesse Wilcox, born 
Feb. 28, 1768, and died the March following. The first female 
bom was Lydia Hurd, afterwards wife of Reuben Basconi, who 
was born in 1768, and died in April, 1847, aged 79 years. 

Maj. Uriah Wilcox ofiercd a crown to the first woman that 
should step foot into Newport. Mrs. Benjamin Bragg and Mrs. 
Zephaniah Clark were together near the line of the town, when 
it was said to them that such a tree was in Newport, when tliey 
both ran, and so near alike was their arrival that each received 
a crown. 


Capt. Ezra Parmelee, while returning from Charlestown, 
where he had been to mill, was overtaken by the dark, and, 
fearing he might wander astray if he should go further, stopped, 
hitched his horse, lighted a fire, and spent the night. In the 
morning, to his surprise, he found himself within a few rods of 
his own door. 

Mrs. Ezra Parmelee visited her old home at Killingworth, 
Conn., on horseback. When about to return, her father cut 
from an apple-tree a twig, to be used by her as a riding-stick. 
On her arrival, it was grafted into a tree in their orchard on 
the Griffin farm, now occupied by George E. Dame. Now, 
one hundred years after, the graft is in good condition, and bears 
an abundant crop of apples. 

One of the early settlers brought a willow-sprout from Con- 
necticut, which he used as a riding-stick. On his arrival, he 
stuck one end of it into the mud, near the former residence of 
Dea. Wilcox, on the Unity road, now occupied by Freeman 
Cutting, whereupon it grew and became a tall tree. 

Mrs. Benjamin Bragg made out the first taxes in town. 

Mrs. Robert Lane made the first cheese in town. 

The apple-trees now standing alcove the brick-yard on the 
B. W. Jenks place were brought from Charlestown b}- Aaron 
Buell, 1st, more than one hundred years since. 

Joseph vSawyer dug his well, sixteen feet deep, with a fire- 
shovel and a hemlock knot for a pick. He also raised four 
hundred bushels of potatoes, and carried them all into his cel- 
lar in a sap-trough. . 

Mrs. Ebenezer Merritt had a family of sixteen boarders. Her 
supplies consisted of the milk of one farrow cow, — from which 
she made half a pound of butter per week, — meal for porridge, 
and fish caught from the river. The boarders were all satis- 

Matthew Buell, 3d, lived, the first summer, in his log barn. 
His wife did her cooking beside a pine stump near by. Her 
mince pies were made of pumpkins and bear's meat. 

The larder of Mrs. Ezra Parmelee, — the woman afterwards so 
noted for her open-hearted hospitality, and who was expected to 
entertain the clergy and other distinguished visitors, — once con- 
tained only a few potatoes, a bag of rye meal, and the meat of a 


small pif^, from which she contrived to manufacture a variety 
of dishes which were hit^hly reh'shcd by lier huii<^rv lio:irders. 

Mrs. El)enezer Mcrritt stayed alone in her loj^ cabin several 
weeks, while the other settlers were all away from town (prob- 
ably at Charlcstown, where the men worked at haying to pay 
for their provisions), a cow, a yoke of oxen, and a dog her only 
companions. It is said that the dog notified her of their return 
by his howling when they were a long way from the cabin. 

Three of the men who came in 176S, having extra work to 
do, resolved to stay and finish it after their companions had 
left. At night they went to Bragg's camp, near the present 
residence of ISIr. Fairbanks. Next morning a severe snow- 
storm arose, which compelled them either to follow their com- 
panions to No. 4, now Charlestown, or remain and starve. 
While travelling through Unity, one of the party, Mr. Merritt, 
became so chilled and tired that he thought he could go no fur- 
ther, and so laid himself down to die. Mr. Kelsey, who be- 
lieved in resorting to severe remedies when gentle ones were 
inefiectual, cut some sprouts, and not verv tenderly, but merci- 
fully, applied them to Mr. Merritt's body. Mr. Mcrritt rose, 
and with an evil intention, it is supposed, pursued Mr. Kelsey. 
After running quite a distance the passion of Mr. Merritt sub- 
sided, lie thanked his companion for the castigation, and all 
went on their way rejoicing, and reached their temporar}- home 
at Charlestown in safety. 

April 19, 1870, after a long storm, the water in Sugar river 
and its branches rose higher than had ever before been known. 
Mucli damage was done to mills and bridges, and considerable 
alarm was felt lest Sunapee lake should sweep away the bar- 
riers at the outlet, and come down upon us. 

S. Decatur Gilmore, son of John Gilmore, while on his way 
to San Francisco in 18^3, was on board the ship Independence 
when it was burned oft' the Pacific coast. Wlien he found it 
was on fire, he lashed together his trunk, valise, and other bag- 
gage, and placed them in a convenient situation to be thrown 
overboard. After rendering all the assistance in his power to 
those wdio were unable to swim, until the flames forbade a lon- 
ger delay, he tlirew his baggage into the water and sprang in af- 
ter it. With one hand upon it. he paddled with the other to the 


shore some three hundred yards away. For three days he sub- 
sisted on a loaf of cake which his provident wife had kindly 
packed in his trunk. His was the only baggage saved. 

Jeremiah Walcolt, son of Col. James D. Walcott, in 1821, 
slid from the roof of the Baptist church, then in the process of 
erection, to the ground, but alighted upon an open bunch of 
shingles which lay upon the margin of one of those deep bog- 
holes which greatly prevailed in the vicinity of that house in 
those days. He providentially escaped all material injury, but, 
in the opinion of the spectators, had "rather a muddy look." 

The Proprietors' House. At the meeting of the Proprie- 
tors, held at the house of Jesse Wilcox, Nov. 23, 1772, Daniel 
Dudle^y, moderator, it was voted to erect a building " thirty 
feet in length by twenty feet in width, with one fire-place," to 
be finished the July following. A tax of fifteen shillings was 
levied on each proprietor to meet the expense. It was to be 
for any public use, — for a school-house when needed, and for a 
place of religious worship. Its roof was four-square, resem- 
bling the top slope of a modern French roof. It was located 
just south of the present residence of Rufus P. Claggett, 
on what was then the main street in the prospective village of 
Newport. Rev. James Parmelee, still living, remembers that 
it was boarded up and down with rough boards, like a barn. 
The interior of the building was never finished. A few boards 
were nailed upon the beams overhead, and around the sides. 
This served to increase the capacity of the house, for when the 
lower part was full, the youngsters would climb up and sit up- 
on the beams and boards overhead. When they became noisy, 
as they sometimes would, the tithing-man, with his stern, sol- 
emn Sunday face, would rap upon the sides of the house with 
his wand of office, and point upward, when perfect silence 
would ensue. 

California Gold. During the excitement occasioned by 
the discovery of gold in California, a company known as the 
"California Trading and Mining Company" was formed, with 
a capital stock amounting to some $30,000, which capital was 
divided into shares of $300 each. The company purchased a 
vessel known as the " Harriet Rockwell," and, loading it with 



articles of merchandise, provisions for tlie voyage, and all tlie 
various implements thought necessary to successful mining, set 
out for the land of gold, dreaming of a glorious future crowned 
with wealth and luxury. Several prominent men of Croydon 
were shareholders and memhers of this company. Among those 
who joined the company from this town were Shubael Ilawes, 
who was chosen captain of the vessel, Austin Stockwell, Bela 
W. Jenks, and Jeremiah Ladd. Other young men, not possess- 
ing the means to purchase shares, were sent out by capitalists, 
who agreed to divide the profits ; and still others, not connected 
with the company, went out. The enterprise did not prove so 
succcst^ful as was hoped. 

Coal. The use of coal was introduced here in the autumn 
of 1S72, on the opening of the railroad, since which time its 
use has been steadily increasing. 

Reception of Gen. Lafayette. This young Frencliman, 
thousands of miles away across the broad Atlantic at the com- 
mencement of our Revolutionary struggle, saw our perils and 
our needs. His sympathies were awakened, and he at once es- 
poused our cause ; and by his incessant labors at home, in pro- 
curing men and means, and by his perils in the field, side by 
side with Washington, had aided in achieving our independ- 
ence. Now, after the lapse of half a century, he returned to 
witness the glorious fruits of his labors. Never was the tri- 
umphal march of hero or conqueror more grand or glorious. 
Wherever he journeyed, millions of warm hearts, filled with 
grateful remembrance of his noble deeds and sacrifices, rose up 
to do him homage. 

On Monday evening, June 27, 1S25, our village was honored 
with the presence of this distinguished guest. He was on his 
way from Concord, where he had received the grand welcome 
of the state, to Montpelier, where he was to receive a like wel- 
come from Vermont. A committee of our citizens, accompa- 
nied by a long cavalcade, met the General at Sunapee and es- 
corted him into town, where a very large concourse of people 
had assembled to greet his arrival. He and his suite alighted 
at the residence of Col. William Cheney, amid the acclama- 
tions of the multitude, the waving of banners, the ringing of 


bells, and the booming of cannon. Col. Cheney met him at 
the door, and bade him welcome in a brief but most cordial 
and appropriate address ; after which he was introduced to the 
soldiers of the Revolution, and ladies and gentlemen. After 
partaking of the hospitalities of the house, the general was es- 
corted by the artillery, committee of arrangements, and citizens 
to the residence of James Breck, Esq., by whom he was hand- 
somely entertained ; after which he took his departure for 
Claremont, where he was to spend the night. A beautiful tri- 
umphal arch was erected at the village bridge, over which the 
General was to pass, and also over the gateways at the resi- 
dences of Mr. Cheney and Mr. Breck. Bright eyes and wav- 
ing handkerchiefs greeted him from every window as he passed. 
As he left, all hearts followed him with benedictions. 

Dress. The clothing of the early settlers was almost entire- 
ly homespun. The men raised the wool and the flax, and their 
wives and daughters carded, spun, wove, dyed, and manufac- 
tured them into garments. In nearly every house was to be 
found all the machinery necessary to that purpose. The men 
wore frocks and breeches, the latter coming to the knee, where 
they were met by long stockings, to which they were fastened 
by a buckle. In winter the lower limbs were enveloped by leg- 
gings, which met the breeches likewise at the knee. 

At a later period, for church and other " fix up " occasions, 
they had ruffled shirts, cocked hats, velvet or deerskin breeches, 
and wore powdered wigs, or did up their hair m a cue behind. 
After Reuben Bascom set up his clothing mill, the cloth de- 
signed for men's wear was usually dressed by him, and was 
manufactured into garments by tailoresses, who plied their oc- 
cupation from house to house. 

The ladies wore woollen gowns, aprons, and stockings, and 
thick shoes in winter, and tow and linen garments, and thinner 
shoes in summer. Their plain, simple dresses were in striking 
contrast with the elaborate display of their daughters in modern 

Maps of the Village. The first view of the village was 
engraved by Henry E. Baldwin, as early as 1833, on wood. In 
1 85 7, L. H. Bradford & Co. made a lithograph of the vil- 


lage, from a sketch by II. 1'. Moore. Anotlier view of tlie vil- 
lage, lithograph, was published by Mr. Fowler in 1S77. A 
view of the town and village was included in the map of Sulli- 
van county, engraved by H. F. Walling, of New York, in 1S60, 
and published by Smith & Morley. 

Population. The population of the town, as given by the 
Colonial Record in 1767, was, — males unmarried, between 16 
and 60, 16; boys, 3; married men, 5; married women, 5; — 
whole number, 29. 

In February, 1769, as stated by Gov. Wentworth in extend- 
ing the charter of the town, there were 15 families here. In 
1775 the population was 157 ; in 1790, 7S0 ; in 1S30, 1,679 > "^ 
1850, 2,020; in 1S60, 2,077; "^ ^870, 2,163; '" 1S7S, 2,556. 

The census takers belonging to this town were, — in 1S40, 
John B. Stowell ; in 1S50, Matthew Harvey; i860, Edward 
Wyman ; 1S70, Lyman J. Brooks. 

Our State tax, 1S57, $422.10; 1S77, $3,352.04. County tax, 
1857, $ 641.10; 1S77, $3,581,84. 

Altitudes. The following table of altitudes was furnished 
by Richard S. Howe, Esq., civil engineer, of this town : 

Sunapee lake, above mean tide water at Boston, 1,103 feet. 
Sill front door new court-house, Newport, above mean tide 

water at Boston, 822 " 

Top Colt mountain, Newport, above mean tide water at 

Boston, 1,588 

Croydon mountain, above mean tide water at Boston, 2,789 

Sunapee mountain. " " 2,683 

Ascutney mountain, " " 3,iS6 

Kearsarge mountain, " " 2,942 



T /"ILLAGE. It is difficult to conceive of a more charming 
^ spot than that occupied by the main village of Newport. 
Extending through the tow^n from north to south, dividing it in- 
to two nearly equal parts, is a beautiful meadow, several miles 
in length, and one half mile in width. The Croydon Branch of 
Sugar river, fresh from its mountain home, falls into it at the 
north ; the Goshen Branch, foaming with its white spray, leaps 
over its granite falls into it at the south ; while on the east, 
about midway between the northern and southern extremities, 
are poui"ed in the waters of Sunapee lake. These waters unit- 
ing, after winding gracefully about the meadows, often beneath 
the wide-spreading branches of the elms which are scattered in 
all directions about the meadow and along the banks, flow 
away to the Connecticut. This meadow is bordered on the 
west by gently-swelling verdant hills, and on the east by a 
slightly elevated plain, which extends back to the base of Coit 
and East mountains. On this plateau, beneath these moun- 
tains, overlooking such scenery, lying on either side of the river 
and extending up along its banks, is the village, one of the 
pleasantest in the state. The main sti^eet, running parallel 
with the east margin of the meadow, is nearly two miles in 
length, on either side of which are neat and attractive homes. 

The Common. The common, the pride of our citizens, 
was originally an alder swafnp^ " in which the frogs, at cer- 
tain seasons of the year, gave free concerts." The older in- 
habitants remember jumping from bog to bog as they crossed 
it, to keep out of the water. It was purchased of Col. William 
Cheney, in March, 1S21, for the sum of $200. Tradition says 
Mr. Cheney had previously offered it to the town on condition 


that they would set out and maintain a row of trees on the east 
side ; but the rivahy between the ditTerent ends of the viUage, 
separated by Sugar river, then very animated and bitter, pre- 
vented an acceptance of the gift, now so vahiable. The row of 
trees standing between tlie street and the west sidewalk was 
set out in 1831 by Joseph Farnsworth, Alvin Hatch. Amasa 
Edes, and Wm. II. Cheney. Those on the inside of the streets 
around the common were set out in 1S66, mainly by Cyril 
Wheeler, Esq., and paid for by citizens living around the com- 
mon. The centennial tree at the south end of the common was 
set out by the Grand Army of the Republic, July 4, 1S76. The 
same year the elm, on the green plat where Ivlaple street joins 
Main street, was planted by M. Ilarvcy. J. H. Ilunton, and 
Wm. Dunton. Centennial trees were planted around the Bap- 
tist church the same year. 

A park at the south end of the common was fenced in and 
improved with walks, and decorated with shrubs and flowers, 
in 1S59, ^y ^'"* Thomas Sanborn, and the Messrs. Cross, then 
the proprietors of the Newport House. 

The first town common, reserved and used many years by 
the early settlers, was on the Unity road, and occupied the 
table-land between the Call hill and the A. Pease house. 

Sidewalks. The grading of sidewalks, now so attractive 
a feature of the village, originated in 1S5S with Dea. Jonathan 
Cutting, Edmund Wheeler, Matthew Harvey, and A. and S. H. 
Edes. The work was commenced on the then narrow^, unpleas- 
ant part of Main street, south of the bridge. Mr. Cutting was 
one of the selectmen, and contracted, as such, that when the job 
was done the town should pay one half of the expense. 

Village Streets. At the annual meeting, in March, 1S75, 
a committee was appointed to name the streets and erect suita- 
ble signs. The following report, submitted by them to a spe- 
cial meeting of the citizens called for that purpose, was unani- 
mously adopted, soon after which the signs were put up : 


The committee to whom was referred the matter of naming 


tlie streets in Newport village, having duly considered the sub- 
ject, submit the following report : 

The principal street, running north and south through the vil- 
lage, shall be called Main street. 

The street running east from the Newport House shall be 
called Sunapee street. 

The street running from the Eagle and Wheeler's blocks to 
the residence of Nathan Mudgett shall be called Central street. 

The street running east by the Diamond mills to the saw-mill 
shall be called River street. 

The street running east from the residence of J. H. Hunton 
and Matthew Harvey shall be called Maple street. 

The street running west from the residence of Edmund 
Wheeler shall be called Elm street. 

The street running north, by the residence of Charles H. Lit- 
tle, shall be called Laurel street. 

The street on the east north side of the common shall be call- 
ed Park street. 

The street running north from the residence of P. S. Coffin 
shall be called Cheney street. 

The street running between Park street and Cheney street, 
by the residence of Charles T. Lathrop, shall be called Cedar 

The street running from Main street to Cheney street, by the 
residences of E. C. Converse and Jacob Robinson, shall be called 
Crescent street. 

The street running from Main street to Cheney street, from 
the residence of Mr. S. L. Crane, snail be called Grove street. 

The street running from Main street, at the residence of B- 
R. Allen, by the residences of T. W. Gilmore and L. F. Dodge, 
shall be called Oak street. 

The street running west from Main street to the Boardman 
place shall be called Pleasant street. 

The street running west from Main street, by the residences 
of Dexter Richards and H. G. Carleton, shall be called Pearl 


The street running west, between the Richards and Cheney 
blocks, shall be called Depot street. 


The way between Richards block and E. S. Chase's build- 
ing shall be called Corn alley. 

The street running west from Main street, by the residence 
of Rufus S. Dudley, shall be called West street. 

The street running south from Elm street, by the residence 
of Joseph Wilcox, shall be called Spring street. 

The street running north from West street, by the residence 
of C. F. Pike, shall be called Ash street. 

The street running from Sunapee street to Maple street, by 
the tannery of J. H. Ilunton, shall be called Cross street. 

The street running from Sunapee street, by the mills of S. 
H. Edes, to Cross street, shall be called Canal street. 

The street running north from Sunapee street, by the old 
brick school-house, shall be called Summer street. 

The street running north from Sunapee street, between the 
residence of William Woodbury and Summer street, shall be 
called Beech street. 

The street running from Cheney street, by the residence of 
Moody S. Kempton, shall be called W"inter street. 

The street running north and east from Winter street, by the 
residence of R. C. Osgood, shall be called Prospect street. 

The place leading from Central sticet to the grist-mill shall 
be called Mill place. 

The place leading from Central street, by the Forsaith house, 
to the tannery of Lyman Rounsevel, shall be called Central 

The drive-way between the Methodist church and the New- 
port House shall be called Church pass. 

The street rumiing north from the residence of Georsfe H. 
Fairbanks, by the residence of Frederick Aiken, shall be called 
Pine street. 

The street nmning north from Depot street to Pearl street 
shall be called Railroad square. 

The square, including the court-house, town-house, and gram- 
mar-school building, shall be called Court square. 

Dexter Richards, 
Edmunii Wheeler, 
Frank A. Rawson, 

Newport, Mav i, 1S75. Coinntittcc. 



Newport as a Summer Resort. Few towns in the state 
offer more attractions to the summer tourist than Newport. 
The character of its soil, its elevated position, its bracing air, 
and pure water, all combine to make it one of the most health- 
ful localities to be found. Its good roads afford ample oppor- 
tunity for pleasant drives, either along the valleys bordering 
on the streams, or over hills commanding fine prospects. Its 
numberless streams, and the many ponds in the adjoining towns, 
to which may be added Sunapee lake, afford abundance of fish- 
ing grounds. The lovely view from the dome of the court-house, 
and the more extended ones from Pike hill and Coit mountain, 
and Sunapee and Croydon mountains, — all of Avhich com- 
mand some of the finest views in the state, and are near at 
hand, — must gratify the lover of charming scenery. Unity 
Springs, with its fine hotel and varied attractions, is but a few 
miles away, aftbrding an agreeable drive. The two hotels, new 
and commodious, the social character of the citizens, and our 
church privileges, are also among the attractions. It has been 
estimated that more than a thousand ^^ersons spend more or less 
of their summers here, thus showing that its merits have been 
in some measure appreciated. 

Business Buildings. The "Tontine," in its day, was the 
most fiunous structure. It stood upon the east side of the com- 
mon, on the spot now occupied bv the Methodist chapel and 
the two residences at the north of it. It was one hundred and 
fifty feet long, and four stories high. It had twenty-four nine- 
teen-foot rooms, besides almost a countless number of back 
rooms, bed-rooms, etc. It had five huge stacks of chimneys, 
with large ovens in each story. The front roof projected sev- 
eral feet, forming a sort of awning, which was supported by 
pillars. It was built in 1818, by Col. William Cheney, for 
stores and mechanics' shops, with tenements above. It was 
considered, at the time of its erection, the most magnificent 
building in this portion of the state, and in its earlier days was 
occupied by the more fashionable people. In 1S51 it was taken 
down, and the materials were wrought into the buildings that 
occupy its former site. 

The Whittemore & Hurd block was built by Amos Little, 



Esq., for a hat shop, ami was enlarged by the present owners ; 
the biiihling now occupied by Fairbanks & Ro3xe, by John 
Euss, for a shoe-shop and store ; Burke's block, by James Breck, 
about 1836, for a store ; Wliitney store, by Simon Brown, for a 
printing-oflice ; Woodbury's block, by Amos O. Woodbury, 
1S71 ; barbers' shop, by Rufiis P. Dudley, 1S70; Brown's office, 
by A. O. Woodbury, for a jewellers' store ; Stowell's building, 
by Farnsworth & Hatch, for a store ; Chase's building, by John 
B. Stowell ; Richards block, by Dexter Richards, in 1S74; 
Cheney block, by Col. William Cheney, for a dwelling, — en- 
larged and refitted by Dexter Richards in 1S73 ; the Nettleton 
block, by B. Nettleton and F. W. Lewis ; Bowers's office, by 
S. L. Bowers ; Wheeler's block, by Edmund Wheeler, in 1S5S ; 
Eagle lilock, by James Breck and Josiah Forsaith, in 1825, for 
a hotel ; the Hub])ell block, by William W. Hubbell, in 1872. 
For county buildings, see County. 

Post-Office. The first post-ofiice establislied in town was 
in iSio, and Dr. Arnold Ellis was appointed postmaster. Pre- 
vious to this there were no regular mails in town. The letters 
were left at the stores, and were carried by whomsoever first jour- 
neyed in the desired direction. In this way the comparatively 
small number of letters written were sent to and from Connecti- 
cut and Massachusetts, where were the friends and early homes 
of the first settlers. An interesting incident in the postal his- 
tory of tlie town is related : In the family of Mr. Thomas Carr, 
who lived on the farm now occupied by B. F. Carr, his grand- 
son, was a large black dog, which he brought with him from 
Washington when he came to town. Mr. Carr would write a 
letter, and when it was evening, so that the dog might not be mo- 
lested or tlie mail robl)cd, tic it upon the dog's neck, and send 
him away. The next morning he was always at the door of 
the friend in Washington, ready for the delivery of his message. 
He would feed the dog, keep him through the day, and at 
night send him away with a return mail. 

As early as 1790, The Farmers^ Museum, printed at Wal- 
pole, at that time the metropolis of this region, was carried by 
a post-rider on a circuit tlirough Charlestown, Claremont, New- 
port, Unity, Lcmpster, and Acworth, to Alstead. He was 


loaded with parcels from family to family, and was made wel- 
come to the hospitalities of all the homes along his route. 

Since the removal of Mr. Ellis from town, the following per- 
sons have been postmasters : Erastus Baldwin, Lucy C. Bald- 
win, Aaron Nettleton, Jr., Bela Nettleton, Seth Richards, Cal- 
vin Wilcox, John B. Stowell, Sawyer Belknap, David W. Wat- 
kins, Sarah M. Watkins, Sam Nims, and George W. Nourse. 

A post-office was opened at Northville, in January, 1878, 
called tlie North Newport post-office, and Ezra T. Sibley was 
appointed postmaster. 

The Telegraph. The telegraph was put up, and in run- 
ning order, the last week in July, 1S66, just one hundred years 
from the settlement of the town. The citizens of the village 
contributed $1,000 towards its establishment. E. C. Converse 
was the first operator. The first telegram was, "The Atlantic 
cable has been laid, and is working finely ;" and the afternoon 
mails confirmed the trutli of the telegram. It was extended 
through to Claremont in October, 1873. Early in 1875, a pri- 
vate telegraph was erected by " our young folks," with lines in 
various directions about the village. In July of the same year 
it was extended to Northville, and in 1876 to Sunapee Harbor. 

Telephone. The telephone was first introduced into this 
town in July, 1877. by J. K. Pierce, a carriage-maker. It ex- 
tended from his shop, on River street, to his residence on Ma- 
ple street. 

Signal Stations. Two U. S. signal stations, — the one on 
Coit mountain and the other on Pike hill, — were located in 
town, Oct. I, 1875. 

Engine Companies. Engine Company No. i w^as formed 
Nov. 17, 1833. Jonathan Cutting, David B. Chapin, Naylor 
Starbird, David Harris, and others organized the company, un- 
der the general act for incorporations. The engine had been 
previously purchased by individual subscriptions. The engine 
"Newport," now in use, was purchased at the Hunniman es- 
tablishment in Boston, for the use of this company, in 1S51. 
" The Rapid," a new engine from the same establishment, with 
hose, carriage, and all the modern improvements, was pur- 


chased in September, 1S73, at a cost of more than $2,000, and 
a new conipaiiv. No. 3, forniecl to talvu charge of it. The old 
company, with new uniforms, in 1S60, was in a very flourish- 
ing condition under Capt. J. II. Cross, who was fond of mili- 
tary show, and joined in all public parades. The engine-hfjuse 
cost some $^00; the new house cost about $1,200. 

Charles II. Watts has for several years been chief of the fire 
department. Alexis J. Graves, S. H. Edes, Dexter Richards, 
Perley S. Coffin, F. W. Lewis, E. Wheeler, P. S. Adams, 
Sawyer Belknap, David Harris, Isaac A. Reed, Nathan Mud- 
get, Abiathar Richards, B. F. Haven, Wallace L. Dow, 
S. L. Bowers, and W. E. Moore have been among the fire 

B. B. French, David Harris, George jSIuzzy, Truman L. 
Heath, W. W. White, and Martin L. Whittier have been 
captains of Co. No. i ; and John B. Cooper and Arthur W. 
Wallace, captains of No. 2. 

Reservoirs. The reservoir in the park at the south end of 
the common was built in 1S60, the town paying $200, and the 
remainder being contributed by individuals in its neighborhood. 
The one at the north end of the common, built in December, 
1871, was done wholly by private subscriptions. The one at 
the soutii end of the village was built in the fall of 1874, also by 
private subscriptions. 

Aqueducts. The water from Cold Spring Grove was firs 
introduced into the village by Samuel H. Edes, in 1856. The 
wood aqueduct first employed was replaced by one of iron and 
cement in 1S62. 

Town Clock. The town clock was purchased in 1839, ^^ 
an expense of $300. It was removed from the Unitarian chap- 
el, where it was first placed, to the tower of the comity and town- 
hall building, in 1S75. 




^HE following report will be interesting as showing the val- 
-^ lies placed upon things at that early da}-, — also as show- 
ing that all money transactions were then reckoned in pounds, 
shillings, and pence, instead of dollars and cents as now. Cur- 
rency of all kinds was so scarce and so depreciated that the 
people were obliged to use produce as a substitute for it in 
their traffic. They built their bridges and their meeting-houses, 
and paid their minister's salary and their taxes, in produce. 
So general was the practice and so urgent the need, that a law 
was passed that a committee be appointed to regulate the 
prices : 

Cheshire County ss Newport July y"^ lo''^ A. D. 1777. 

We the Subscribers being a Committee Chosen and under Oath in 
and for the Town of Newport in the State of New hampshire Pursuant 
to an act in addition to an act Intitled an act for the Regulating the 
Prices of Sundry Articles therein passed the 10"* Day of April A. D. 
1777. And that the Rates and Prices of the Goods and the Several ar- 
ticles herein after Enumerated be and are hereby limmited within this 
Town of Newport aforesaid as follows — viz — 

Good Marchantable wheat p'' Bushel ^o- 6-0 

Good wheat flower p"" b 0-18-0 

Good Marchantable rye p'' bushel o- 4-0 

Good Indien Corn p'' bushel o- 3-0 

Good Barly and Early Malt p"' bushel o- 4-0 

Good Marchant Oats p'' bushel o- 1-8 

Good Peas p'' bushel o- 6-0 

Good Beens p'' bushel o- 6-0 

Chese of the best Sort p'' lb o- 0-6 

Butter of the best Sort p' lb o- 0-9 

Potatoes of the best sort in the fall p'' bushel o- o-io 


Nor at any Season of the year Exceeding p' bushel o- 1-3 

Pork weighing from 5 to 7 Scores p'' lb o- 0-4 

Pork weighing from Seven to ten Scores p'' lb o- 0-4^ 

All pork weighing above Ten Scores p' lb o- 0-5 

Salt pork by the Barrel of the best Sort containing Two hun- 
dred and Twenty Pounds p"" Barrel 5- 0-0 

Grass fed Beef of the Best Sort p"" pound o- 0-3 

Good Tryed Tallow p"" pound o- 0-7^ 

Mutton p"" pound o- 0-3 

Veal p'' pound o- 0-3 

Raw Hide p'' pound o- 0-3 

Good Soal leather p"" pound o- 1-6 

Mens neat Leather Slioes of the best Sort 0-8-0 

Other Shoes in proportion According to their Quallity 

Good Maple Sugar p^ pound o- 0-7 

Good Maple Molasses p' Gallon o- 4-0 

Good well dressed tlax p' pound o- o-io 

Good iMarchantable Sheeps wool p'' pound o- 2-2 

Mens good yarn Stockings p"' pair o- 6-0 

and in that proportion for those of an Inferior Quality. 

Good yard wide Checked Flannels p"" yard 0-3-9 

And other Flannels in proportion According to their widths and 

Quallity and other woollen Cloaths in like proportion. 
Good Woollen Plain cloath Mens ware well dressed three Quar- 
ters wide p' yard o- 8-0 

Good yard wide tow Cloath p' 3'ard o- 2-3 

Course Linnens yard wide pr yard o- 4-0 

Good Bar Iron pr hundred 2- 0-0 

Mens Labour in the Month of Dec. and Jan. p'' day 0-1-6 

In the Months of Feb. Mar. and Nov. p'' day o- 2-0 

In the Months of May June and Sept. p' day o- 2-6 

And in the Months of July and Aug. p"" day 0-3-0 

Carpenters and House Joiners p'' day o- 4-0 

Millwrights and Masons p'' day o- 4-6 

Mens Labour in the Months of Dec. and Jan. p' Month i- 0-0 

In the Months of Feb. Mar. and Nov. p"" Month i- 4-0 

In the Months of April and October p'' Month 1-15-0 

In the Months of May June and September p' month 2-10-0 

In the Months of July and August p"" month 3-0-0 

Mans Labour p"" year 20- 0-0 

Good English Hay well made in the cock in the field p'' hund*! o -1-6 
Good English Hay after Secured in the Barn or Stack p"" hun- 
dred o- 2-0 


Pasture for a horse p'' week o- 2-0 

Pasture for a Yoak of Oxen p"^ week 0-2-6 

Pasture for a Cow p'' week at the best rate o- i-o 

For keeping a horse in the winter by hay at the best rate p^ 

week o- 3-0 

For keeping a Yoak of Oxen by hay at the best rate p' week. . o- 4-6 

For keeping a Cow by hay at the best rate p'' week , 0-2-0 


For keeping a horse a night by hay o- i-o 

For keeping a horse by grass p'' night o- 0-8 

For keeping a yoak of Oxen by hay p'" night o- 1-6 

For keeping a yoak of Oxen by grass p"' night o- i-o 

For keeping a Cow by hay p' night 0-0-7 

For keeping a Cow by grass p" night 0-0-5 

and in like proportion for other Cattle 

For baiting a Yoak of Oxen 0-0-5 

For baiting a horse or a mess of Oats o- 0-3 

For a meel of Victuals o- o-io 

For Lodging p'' night o- o-^ 

For boarding a man p^ week o- 6-0 

For the hire of a horse p'' Mile o- 0-2.^ 

For the hire of a yoak of Oxen p'" day o- 1-6 

For Transporting Salt by land every Ten mile p'' bushel o- i-o 

Flaxceed of the best Sort p'' bushel 0-6-0 

Shoemakers for making a pair of Mens Shoes at their Own 

Shops p'' pair o- 3-0 

And all other Sort in proportion 

Swine alive p'' pound o- 0-2I 

Turnips p"" bushel o- i-o 

Combing Woosted p' pound o- o-io 

And all other Labour of Tradesmen, Such as Weavers, Cooppers, Black- 
smiths, Setwork, cooppers Plowmakers Rakemakers Taylors, Shop- 
joiners, And also Womens work Such as Girls by the week Nursing 
and Spinning, or doing housework or making Shirts Knitting Stocings, 
or any other work of Mens or Womens whatsoever not herein men- 
tioned to bare the Same prices with other things herein mentioned in 
proportion as they Use to be Before. 

Aaron Buel ^ Committee 
JosiAH Stevens >for the Town 
Jere.miah Jenks} of Newport 
Recorded p'' Josiah Stevens Town Clerk 



Taxation. The followinff list shows the amount of the 
highest taxes paid in town at each successive period of ten 
years, and also by whom they were paid : 


Uriah Wilcox •'5i3-95 

Jeremiah Jenks 12.50 

James White 1 1.20 

Christopher Newton 10.70 

Jesse Wilcox 10.36 

Ezra Parmelee 9.96 

Daniel Dudley, Jr 9.46 

Stephen Hard 9.31 

Samuel Hard 9.22 

Nathan Call 9.1 1 


Jeremiah Jenks ^19.92 

Erastus Newton 16. 19 

Ezra Parmelee 15-58 

James White ij-ZS 

Uriah Wilcox i3-05 

James Corbin 12.02 

Abiathar Bowman 11.85 

Caleb Atwood 1 1-59 

David Allen ii-55 

Daniel Chapin 11 .34 


Sylvanus Richards 819.40 

James Corbin 19-35 

Uriah Wilcox 16.95 

Phineas Chapin 16.30 

Abiathar Bowman 16.05 

Mercy Wakefield '4-55 

Daniel Chapi n '3-45 

Josiah Heath 12.67 

Oliver Jenckes 12.60 

Reuben Bascom 12.20 


James Breck §31 .80 

James Corbin 28.20 

Erastus Newton 23. 3S 

A. & J. D. Nettleton 23.38 

Daniel Chapin 20.56 

Reuben Bascom $20.30 

Uriah Wilcox 19.45 

Matthew Buel. Jr 19.28 

Abiathar Bowman 19-25 

Wm. Cheney 22.28 


Wm. Cheney & Son S48.40 

James Breck & Co 33-4° 

Moses P. Durkee 23.38 

Joel Nettleton 20.68 

Charles Corbin 19-38 

Oliver Jenckes 18.10 

James D. Walcott 17.63 

Ephraim Fletcher 16.29 

Joseph Sawyer i5-9^ 

John Webster 15 -03 


James Breck S29.08 

Thomas W. Gilmore 24.93 

Samuel F. Chellis 23.57 

Hatch & Newell 22.08 

Austin Corbin 21 .26 

Erastus Newton 21.15 

Walter Phelps 20.64 

Josiah Forsaith 20.05 

Ruel H. Keith 18.63 

Timothy B. Rossiter 1S.13 


Thomas W. Gilmore §62.22 

Timothy B. Rossiter 43-62 

Josiah Stevens 37-82 

Thomas A. Twitchell 36.84 

Chester Phelps 33-9^ 

Jonathan M. Wilmarth 33-66 

Aaron Matson 30.76 

Ralph Metcalf. 30.44 

Joseph Wilcox 30.16 

Stephen Call 27.90 




Thomas W. Gilmore 8124.08 

Paul J. Wheeler 1 10,40 

Edmund Burke 64.70 

Jonathan M. Wilmarth. ... 63.86 

Edmund Wheeler 60.36 

Dexter Richards 57- 18 

Richards & Co 56-52 

Orpha Keith 56.10 

J. & J. O. Endicott 51.96 

Stephen Call 50.38 


Dexter Richards i?952.oo 

Granite State Mills 386.00 

Samuel H. Edes 248.37 

Thomas W. Gilmore 202.00 

Solomon Dean 168.44 

Edmund Burke $130.40 

Edmund Wheeler 129.80 

Elbridge L. Putney 127.00 

Ezra T. Sibley 11 1.20 

Frederick W. Lewis 1 10.24 

Dexter Richards & Son. .^1,379.13 

Dexter Richards 848.93 

Coffin & Nourse 756-99 

Samuel H. Edes 309-50 

Elbridge L. Putney 298.21 

Estate Mason Hatch 294.75 

Lyman Rounsevel 272.93 

Frederick W. Lewis 264.18 

Edmund Wheeler 254.05 

Edmund Burke 238.55 

Freeman Cutting 228.16 




THE eightieth anniversary of the settlement of the town was ob- 
served by a celebration on the Fourth of July, 1846. A procession 
was formed, and marched to the South church, where, after the usual 
preliminaries, the physical, civil, literary, religious, and miscellaneous 
histories of the town were read by the chairmen of the several commit- 
tees appointed to prepare them ; after which an eloquent oration was 
delivered by Rev. Baron Stow, D. d., of Boston, and an original hymn, 
written for the occasion by Mrs. Sarah J. Hale, was deaconed, after the 
ancient style, a line at a time, and sung by the congregation to the 
tune of Old Hundred. The procession was re-formed and marched 
back to the common, where a large bower had been erected and a free 
dinner had been provided, of which a large number partook, after which 
came music, sentiments, and responses. 


At a preliminary meeting of the citizens of Newport, duly called for 
the purpose of considering the project of celebrating the Centennial 
Fourth of July, Francis Boardman, Esq., was chosen president, and 
Hon. George E. Dame, secretary. At this meeting it was unanimously 
resolved to have such celebration, and that the citizens of the neigh- 
boring towns be invited to participate. Accordingly a committee of 
arrangements, consisting of Edmund Wheeler, Dexter Richards, Mat- 
thew Harvey, Leander F. Dodge, and George F. Whitney, were ap- 
pointed, with instructions to arrange such a programme as in their 
judgment would be most appropriate to the occasion, and to appoint 
the officers and committees necessary to carry out such programme. 
At a subsequent meeting their arrangements were approved. 


President — Hon. Levi W. Barton. 

Vice-Presidents — Alvin Alden, Calvin Call, Jonathan Emerson, Gid- 
eon Gould, Mason Hatch, James Hall, William Haven, Reuben Haven, 


Erastus Huntoon, Cyrus B. McGregor, Nathan Mudgett, Lemuel Os- 
good, Chauncy Wakefield, Jonathan M, Wilmarth, Joseph Wilcox, Par- 
menas Whitcomb. 

Chaplain — Rev. Ira Person. 

Reader of iJie Declaration — John McCrillis. 

Toast-masters — Nathan E. Reed, Herbert J. Barton. 

Chief Marshal — Capt. John B. Cooper. 

Aids — E. A. Whipple, Seth M. Richards, Ashley C. Chase, George 
B. Lear. 


Co7nmittee of Arrangements — Edmund Wheeler, Dexter Richards, 
Matthew Harvey, George F. Whitney, Leander F. Dodge. 

Sentiments and Responses — Matthew Harvey, Edmund Wheeler, Al- 
bert S. Wait. 

Finance— "P. S. Coffin, Geo. H. Fairbanks, E. AL Kempton, A. W. 

Ringing bells — C. H. Puffer, Edward Stearns, Clarence Pike, O. S. 
Hutchinson, Armoni Sweet. 

Firing salutes— C.U.Whitnty, T. L. Heath, Chas. H. Watts, H. 
M. Ingram, C. H. Little, Frank Dudley. 

AIjisic—V>. R. Allen, Charles Partridge, Wm. H. Belknap, George 

Seats and Stand — Francis Boardman, Perley S. Coffin, Leander F. 
Dodge, Richard S. Howe, George H. Fairbanks, Wm. Dunton, G. B. 
R. Watkins. 

Fire--works — Henry Tubbs, W. F. Dow, E. P. Fisher, E. C. Con- 
verse, O. P. Baston. 

Ladies representing States — Mrs. G. S. Little, Minnie Harvey, Sarah 
Dodge, Lizzie Barton. 

Sunday-schools — The Superintendents. 

Teams — Eugene A. Pollard, Charles J. Cutting, F. P. Meserve, F. P. 

Cavalcade — Geo. E. Dame, F. W. Lewis, Abiathar Richards, A. W. 
Rounsevel, F. A. Sibley, E. M. Hunton. 

Antiqjiities — Charles Emerson, Benj. F. Haven, F. H. Goldthwaite, 
Wm. H. Perry. 

Town Hal'l^Wm. Woodbury, P. S. Coffin, Granville Pollard. 

Horribles — Bela Nettleton, Ransom Huntoon, A. W. Rounsevel, 
Wallace W. White, Geo. Tilton, W. A. F. Ladd. 

A large crowd of spectators were amused, during the morning hours 
of the clay, by the burlesque performance of a com23any of men known 
in the language of the times as " Horribles," who, with bands which 
seemed to embody the " flute, harp, sacbut, dulcimer, and all kinds of 
music," made their appearance in costumes that outstripped Falstaff's 
Ragged Regiment, in vehicles unique and variegated. After parading 
the main streets, they formed a hollow square around the Centennial 
Tree on the common, and were addressed by an individual represent- 
ing Patrick Henry, in a style more marked for its grandiloquence than 
for its classic finish. 


At midday, a grand Centennial Procession was formed in front of 
the Town Hall. It was headed by the Chief Marshal, Cornet Hand, 
Grand Army, firemen in uniform, and ladies on horseback clad in white, 
with elal)orate floral decorations, representing the states ; and then 
came a long train of citizens, from this and the neighboring towns, on 
horseback, in carriages, and on foot, making by far the largest and 
most beautiful procession that ever marched our streets. After parad- 
ing the more important thoroughfares, they returned to the hall, where 
the subsequent proceedings took place. 

The President of the day, the Hon. Levi W. Barton, on calling the 
assembly to order, delivered an eloquent and appropriate speech. Af- 
ter prayer, music, and reading of the Declaration of Independence 
came the following sentiments and reponses : 

1st toast. The Fourth of July — The perpetual monument which 
brings to us recollections of noble men, and shall transmit to latest 
times the memory of noble deeds. 

Responded to by Geo. R. Brown, Esq. 

2d toast. The Coitstttutton of the Unitea States — The noblest leg- 
acy of our fathers. 

Responded to by Amasa Edes, Esq. : 

The Constitution of the United States differs from those of the nations 
of the Eastern continent in being wholly a written one. By it the legis- 
lative, executive, and judiciary departments of the government are estab- 
lished, their several powers designated, limited, and defined, prescribing 
the modes, limits, rules, and regulations, and the modes by which eacn 
department shall perform its functions. It was not formed at once, at 
the birth of our nation, but was developed during the twelve or more 
succeeding years. It was formed by the people of the United States, 
and ratified l)y the several states. By it the United States is a nation, 
to e.xercise forever all the powers given it by that instrument, as limited 
therein ; and the several states have all the powers of a separate na- 
tion not conferred on the general government, or limited or prohibited 
by the constitution. These separate jurisdictions should be jealously 
guarded by the people. It was the theory of the wise men who formed 
our constitutions, that all matters of a purely national nature, such as 
intercourse with foreign nations, war and peace, commerce and naviga- 
tion, import and duties on importations, regulation of the currency, 
&c., should be delegated to the general government, and all matters ot 
a local nature should remain under the jurisdiction of the several states. 
We of New Hampshire would be poor judges to decide on the local 
matters of California, and tliey would be so of ours. We cannot but 
admire the wisdom displayed in the formation of our Constitution, — 
the house of representatives coming every two years fresh t'rom the 
people, apportioned to each state according to its population ; the sen- 
ate, apportioned two to each state for six years, aiming at the stability 


of the monarchical principle without its other evils ; the president, 
chosen indirectly by the people, and liable to be impeached for viola- 
tion of his duties ; and a judiciary as independent as any in the world. 
No law can be made or executed without the concurrence of all these 
branches, representing in so many ways the voice of the people. The 
ballot lies at the foundation of these free institutions and of the Con- 
stitution ; — destroy it, and they fall ; preserve it pure, and they will 
stand. This is the palladium of liberty, and palsied be the hand or 
tongue that would violate or corrupt it ! 

3d toast. The Press — The bold and fearless champion of liberty 
a hundred years ago, and the oracle of progress and freedom to-day. 
May it never become the slave of faction, or the mouth-piece of despots. 

Responded to by H. G. Carleton, Esq. : 

In responding to the above sentiment in behalf of the Press, I must 
repeat what is well known, that it is the greatest moral power in the 
country, at the present time, in its action upon the popular mind, and 
in all probability will continue to be hereafter. In the days of the Rev- 
olution there were but few papers in the country, and these were pub- 
lished in the principal cities of the then Confederate States, having but 
a small circulation and limited influence. But that influence, although 
small, was exerted in behalf of the rights and liberties of the people. 
After independence from the British Crown was secured, and a new and 
popular system of government established, they continued to increase 
in numbers and influence until they have become by far the greatest 
power in the country for forming, organizing, and controlling public opin- 
ion. Their rapid growth and influence are no doubt, in a great measure, 
owing to the free institutions of the country and the general intelligence 
of the people. 

Every important measure of government is discussed by the Press be- 
fore it becomes a law, and its action upon the vast interests of the 
country well understood. It is the great vehicle of information, not 
only in every part of our own country, but of every enlightened nation 
throughout the world. A large and influential class of people read but 
little beside the newspapers of the day. They instruct them in poli- 
tics, in religion, in business, in science, in the current news, as well as 
in all the important events which are transpiring upon the great theatre 
of public affairs in every part of the civilized world. 

While their influence is upon the increase, it is pleasing to know that 
they are daily becoming more independent of all cliques and combina- 
tions of men, and consequently tar better exponents than heretofore of 
the rights, interests, and welfare of the people, who are their great reli- 
ance and support, and whose interests and welfare they should ever 
labor to defend and maintain. In concluding, I will ofter the following 
sentiment : 

A Free Press— The corner-stone of a free government and a free 
people. While its continuance will insure their safety, its overthrow 
would be their destruction. 

4th toast. 7he Judiciaiy. 
Responded to by Albert S. Wait, Esq. : 


When the Union under the Articles of Confederation was seen to 
have failed, principally, if not wholly, for the reason that it possessed 
no other force or efficiency than a mere treaty amont; the states as so 
many independent powers, and when it was determined to institute a 
Union so fundamentally different as that it should be a government of 
the people individually, and not an agreement among states, it became 
apparent that all its sanctions must be applied and enforced by tribu- 
nals of its own, whose process should reach to the individual people of 
the nation ; in short, that indispensable to the success of the new 
plan was a judicial system for the Union, whereby the constitution and 
the laws could be enforced without resort either to state legislatures or 
state courts. 

As experience had shown that a fundamental law, resting upon tra- 
dition only, or subject to change by the legislature, was, in the altered 
circumstances of the people upon this continent, no longer appropriate, 
but that it ought to be clearly embodied in a written constitution, it 
was obvious that the preservation of this constitution, as well as the 
just administration of the laws, would require that they should be with- 
drawn from the control both of the legislative and the executive branches 
of the government. Hence it was provided in the constitution, that 
"The judicial power of the United States shall be vested in one 
supreme court, and in such inferior courts as the congress may from 
time to time ordain and establish ;" that " The judges, both of the su- 
preme and inferior courts, shall hold their offices during good behavior, 
and shall, at stated times, receive for their services a compensation 
which shall not be diminished during their continuance in office." 

Thus the judicial power was withdrawn from all the other branches 
of the government, and vested exclusively in the courts; and, effectual- 
ly to secure it from encroachment, the tenure of office of the judges was 
made practically for life, and not subject to control or undue influence. 

The question soon arose as to the legitimate province, power, and 
duty of the court, in case congress should transcend its proper functions 
by the passage of acts not warranted by the constitution. The court 
held that the constitution was the paramount law. — in fact, the supreme 
law of the land ; that any act of the legislative branch of the govern- 
ment in conflict with it was of no force; that it was the duty of the 
court to uphold the constitution as the paramount law, and to decline 
to enforce, and to declare void and inoperative, any legislative act in- 
consistent with its provisions. 

This was a new view of the province of the Judiciary. In England, 
whence all our traditions were derived, where the constitution was un- 
written, and but a body of traditions which might be changed at the 
will of the king and parliament, no such power had ever been claimed 
for or assumed by the courts. It was strenuously denied and long re- 
sisted by able and distinguished statesmen, and was the subject of much 
controversy. The courts, however, remained firm in their earliest view, 
until it has finally become the settled law of the land ; and no one now 
presumes to question its correctness. 

Thus have the courts come to be recognized as the great conservative 
branch of our government. Manv times in our history have parties, in 
the flush of temporary success and in the pursuit of partisan ends, at- 
tempted legislation inconsistent with the plain provisions of the consti- 
tution ; and the executive has not always been a stranger to illegal and 


unconstitutional acts, destructive of our fundamental law. The courts, 
constituted as they generally are, not affected by partisan views, and 
not accessible to partisan intiuences, judge impartially of the rectitude 
of all such, by the light of the fundamental law, holding the scales 
even between all parties and all men, enforcing or declining to enforce, 
or even resisting legislative or executive acts, as they are or are not con- 
sistent with this supreme law. 

The Judiciary has thus become the great fortress of the constitution, 
defending it from the assaults of power and the disintegrating influences 
of corruption. It is truly the great key-stone which supports the whole 
structure of the American government. Remove it, and nothing will re- 
main but the discretion of the legislature, or the arbitrary will of the ex- 
ecutive. The great landmarks of liberty owe their permanency to the 
judicial institution. Maintain that in its integrity, and the assaults of 
power will fall harmless at its feet, while it will remain the sure pilot 
which shall guide us through the tempestuous seas of ambiiion and of 
strife, — the anchor which shall moor us in safety within the peaceful 
harbor of free and republican institutions. Remove this, or lay it open 
to the corrupting influences of the partisan politician, and we shall have 
abandoned the rock of our safety and the anchor of our hope. 

Let me close by giving you this sentiment : 

The Judicial branch of our Government — The citadel of the Ameri- 
can constitution — the embodiment of the spirit of justice — the rock of 
our defence — the anchor of our hope — the key-stone which supports the 
arch ot American liberty. Let the scales of even justice never fall from 
its hands. 

5th toast. Schools — Among the earliest institutions of our fathers. 
iVlay they be the last to fade from the attention of coming generations. 

Responded to by Rev. E. E. P. Abbott : 

At the time when our Independence as a nation was declared, and 
afterwards when the constitution was finally adopted, there were many 
who believed that a written constitution would be the panacea for all 
political evils. John Adams was so sanguine as to declare that a gov- 
ernment, with so many checks and balances of power as ours, could be 
safely entrusted to highwaymen. 

We have, indeed, reason to rejoice to-day that we have so good a 
government ; but the experience of the last century has taught us that 
its permanence depends less upon the outward form than upon the 
national heart. In our late Rebellion we demonstrated what constitutes 
a state. It was not the form of government that saved us, but the 
inward spirit — the intelligence, the integrity, the noble patriotism of 
the people. 

Within a few years the United States have ventured upon a daring 
experiment. We have put the ballot into the hand of the slave just 
liberated from the yoke of bondage. We have unbounded faith, as a 
people, in our power to assimilate and elevate the foreigner — the lowest, 
it may be, in the social scale of European nations. We are committed 
to the doctrine of universal suffrage. It is impossible now to take a 
step backwards. What, then, is our only safety? We must educate 
our rulers. For our own preservation we must make much of our 


public schools. We must insist that every child in the land shall be 
trained in the elementary branches. One tyrannical autocrat is to be 
feared, but not so much as a million tyrants in arms, a brainless mob, 
led by unprincipled demagogues. This is, I am aware, a day for 
congratul.uions. But while I gladly recognize the broad foundations 
our fathers laid for popular education, and the liljeral things they de- 
vised, I ask you, seriously. Has there been that relative advance in our 
public school system the past century which we had a rigiit to expect? 
It is so difficult '• to get the floor " before such an audience, that I 
cannot lose the opportunity of putting the question, Considering how 
much is at stake, are we interested enough in our Common Schools? 
Only to mention the South, where the sad neglect must be recognized 
by all; passing by New York and Pennsylvania, where more men like 
Clinton were needed, until recently, to convince the people of their 
neglect in this particular; — in our own New England the Common 
School is indeed our glory, but it is also our shame, — our glory, that 
every district can boast of its school ; our shame, that these schools are 
not made more effective. How many teachers are altogether unqualified 
to teach, much less to quicken, the young mind? Yet who of you ever 
heard of an uprising among the people? Amid all these fierce political 
e-xcitements. can you tell me when the parents have risen, with genuine 
enthusiasm, and demanded that their children must be better taught? 

Mr. Abbott alluded to the more encouraging signs, the interest taken 
by learned men in methods of education, and the bright career we 
might expect for our schools in the coming century. He closed with 
Lord Brougham's words : " Let the Soldier be abroad, if he will; he 
can do nothing in this age. There is another personage, less imposing 
in the eyes of some, perhaps insignificant ; — the Schoolmaster is abroad, 
and I trust to him, armed with his primer, against the soldier in full 
military array." 

6th toast. Vermont and New Hampshire in the Revolution — Stark 
and Allen. 

Responded to by Alexander V. Hitchcock, Esq. : 

j\[r. President and Fellow-Citizois : At the name of Vermont and 
New Hampshire, when coupled with the events of the Revolution, the 
hearts of their sons kindle with just pride at the honorable and patriotic 
part taken by the citizens of these states in behalf of civil and religious 
liberty in our own country, and which liberty is permeating and shaking 
the monarchical governments of the world. When we remember Stark 
and Allen, and their comrades, leaving wives, children, friends, home, 
and all they held most dear, and follow them on the weary march, the 
bivouac, and into the fierce battles against the usurper's troops, which 
were superior in numbers, equipage, and discipline, and snatcliing vic- 
tory from seeming defeat, we are led to exclaim. These men were armed 
with more tiian human strength ; that the God of battles heard the sup- 
plications of an oppressed people, and caused the banner of the free to 
be unfurled amid the rejoicings of the people. This liberty, I believe, 
will ever be cherished and defended as long as Gen. Stark's words at 



the battle of Bennington shall be remembered: " See, men! there are 
the red-coats. We must beat them to-day, or Molly Stark 's a widow !" 
— or the laconic answer of Col. Allen to the commander of Fort Ticon- 
deroga: "I demand the surrender of the fort, in the name of the 
Great Jehovah and the Continental Congress !" The sayings and the 
deeds of these patriots shall ever live in the hearts of their countrymen. 
In later wars, the sons of these noble men have shown equal bravery, 
courage, and valor, as did Vermont and New Hampshire, Stark and 
Allen, in the Revolution. 

7th toast. _ Ireland— Utr sons, identified with all our industries, 
have shared in all our wars, and ever proved true to the American flag 
and the American constitution. 

Responded to by Timothy Whalan, a native of Ireland. 

8th toast. Ou)- Revolutio7ia7y Heroes. 

Responded to by Hon. Harvey Huntoon, of Unity : 

Heroes of 1776 ! On this memorial day we would again lay the laurel 
on your graves. Your labors were not in vain. This great Republic, 
the foundations of which were cemented with your blood, shall stand 
when the monarchies of the old world shall crumble in dust. 

At the head of the list of the eminent heroes of the Revolution stands 
the name of Washington,— the greatest of them all ; the most consum- 
mate general, statesman, and patriot ; one of the few who have been great 
without being criminal. With such a leader, what could his country- 
men be, but just and brave and true? Every man who took a commis- 
sion under the then rebel government, or signed the Declaration of In- 
dependence, realized the fact that in case of failure he was putting a 
halter about his own neck ; which led Franklin to say,— " If we don't 
hang together now, we shall all hang separate, by and by." 

I will not attempt to give you a list of even the'names of those heroes 
whose deeds adorn the annals of our country, for they would fill a vol- 

Our heroines, too, were numerous, and not surpassed by those of 
Greece or Rome. They were ever ready to sacrifice their all on the 
altar of liberty, to jeopardize life and friends for freedom. When the 
mother of Gen. Greene, who was a Quakeress, was taking leave of her 
son for the war, she said,—" Nathaniel, it would grieve me much to hear 
that an enemy's ball had hit thee in the back." Such heroes and her- 
omes have cast a bright halo of glory over our whole land. We are to- 
day enjoying the fruit of their labors. Let this and after generations 
follow their example, and the stars and stripes, the symbols of freedom, 
will continue to wave over this land. 

9th toast. The State and the Church— Boih necessary to the wel- 
fare of men, and each independent in its functions. 

Responded to by Rev. Halsey C. Leavitt. 

loth toast. Agricii/ture-The basis of a nation's wealth. 
Responded to by Dr. Isaac A. Reed : 


Mr. President : We have met here to-day to celebrate the centen- 
nial anniversary of our country, and to me has been assi;;ned the 
agreeable duty of saying a word in behalf of Agriculture. And first, 
I would say. Agriculture was the earliest occupation of man. Whether 
we consult inspiration or mytliology, both alike attest that long before 
the human mind had conceived of literature, the arts, or of governments, 
it had been practised. It is not only the earliest, but by far the most 
important calling; and this is evident alii<c, whether we consider the 
numbers employed, or the grand products of their labors. 

Agriculture bears upon its roll of honor some of the proudest names 
on record. Cincinnatus left the plow to vindicate the liberties of his 
country; Washington, who one hundred years ago drew his sword 
and led his country on to freedom, delighted in the broad acres of 
Mont Vernon; Silas Wright, the great statesman of New York, died 
with his hand upon his plow; and Daniel Webster, the intellectual 
giant of the world, died upon his farm at Marshficld, with a last re- 
quest that his remains be borne to their final resting-place by the hands 
of God's noblemen, the farmers. 

As we are to-day commencing on a new century, it is well to turn 
our thoughts backward, and see what we have achieved in the past. I 
am sure ihe retrospect would be most flattering. A century ago Agri- 
culture was confined almost wholly to the Atlantic slope, a few pioneers 
just peering over the Alleghanies into the valley beyond. To-day she 
occupies the great basin of the Mississippi, with resources almost suf- 
ficient to feed a world Not only this, but she has overleaped the 
Rocky Mountains, and, with the setting sun of to-day, the waters of the 
Pacific shall reflect back the shadows of the golden harvests which are 
now waving upon the broad fields of California and Oregon. The 
ways of Agriculture, also, have made as satisfactory a progress during 
the same time. The scythe, then borne on by weary hands, has given 
place to the mowing machine, which, like a triumphal chariot, is 
driven over the fields. The flail has vanished before the modern 
thresher. We have now cultivators, gang-plows, and endless other 
like improvements. In short, allow me in closing to repeat, that Ag- 
riculture is by far the most important calling of man. It feeds the 
world, it clothes the world, it employs the world, it preserves the 
world. It is the grand base upon which rests all our industrial glory. 

nth toast. Hancock and Adants. 

Responded to by Matthew Harvey, Esq. : 

In contemplating the men of the Revolution, two eminent statesmen 
stand in the foreground of all its councils. Their purposes being iden- 
tical, their action was in concert at all stages of the great struggle. Like 
the two brazen pillars, Jachin and Boaz, guarding the sacred temple 
which a Jewish king dedicated to God, John Hancock and Samuel 
Adams were the pillars of strength that guarded the temple of liberty 
which the men of '76 were about to dedicate to Independence. 

In John Hancock, we at this moment see a massive figure, an expan- 
sive brow, and a ruddy cheek. — all indicating a man of about thirty 
years. He loved learning, and (^Id Harvard's diploma certified that he 
had obtained it. He had sought wealth, and already procured it by 


mercantile enterprise. He loved his quiet home, and his blooming 
young wife and children. But his country had interests at stake which 
he loved better than all these. He told what they were, when, a hun- 
dred years ago to-day, he placed that bold, defiant signature upon the 
Declaration of Independence. 

Samuel Adams was an older man than Hancock, his peer in intellect, 
and his inferior in nothing save wealth. They stood side by side in all 
forums where American Independence was the theme of discussion. As 
orators, the palm would have been awarded to either, had the other 
been away. Their speeches were echoed across the ocean : and the 
King of Great Britain undertook to silence their tongues by bribery. To 
effect this purpose, he authorized a British officer to offer them any posi- 
tion of honor within the gift of the throne, if they would resume their 
allegiance to it. The message was delivered, and this their answer: 
'' Tell His Majesty that there are not diamonds enough in his croivn, or 
gold enough in his kingdom, to purchase the treachery of John Hancock 
and Sajnuel Adams^ Then followed the King's proclamation of par- 
don to all concerned in the rebellion except these two insolent leaders. 
Thus proclaimed outlaws by the King, the people made them their 
idols. Each in turn was subsequently elected Governor, after the col- 
ony of Massachusetts had become a state, and the stones that were re- 
jected were thus made the head of the corner. 

Time completes the full circle of a century to-day, since these •' no- 
blest Romans of them all " embalmed their fame by a bold stroke of the 
eagle's quill. The inimitable signature of Hancock, among the " im- 
mortal fifty-si.x," never looked more defiant than it does to-day ; and to- 
day, also, the stalwart form of Samuel Adams, embalmed by the artist's 
chisel in imperishable marble, takes a conspicuous place in the Nation- 
al Museum, there to remain through future centuries of the American 

1 2th toast. Statesjnen—Thty have reared a grand superstructure, 
having for its foundation liberty and equal rights. 

Responded to by Samuel H. Edes, Esq. 

13th toast. The Past Century— li?> beginning witnessed a nation's 
birth ; its end sees its glory. 

Responded to by Edmund Wheeler, Esq. : 

It is with the profoundest satisfaction that we on this Centennial Day 
turn our thoughts backward over the past hundred years, and recall the 
wonderful progress our country has made during that brief period. 

Look, first, at our Territory. Then we had thirteen colonies, lying 
mainly along the Atlantic slope, comprising in all only some 300,000 
square miles. Now our territory reaches from the Gulf of Me.xico 
almost to the north pole, and from east to west it spans the entire conti- 
nent. It now embraces nearly four million square miles, and has 
more than fifty states and territories. Among all the nations of the 
earth, two only lead us in amount of territory. 

Next, contemplate our Population. Then we had a little more than 
three millions : now we have more than forty-four millions, and in 
population rank among the leading nations of the world. 


In AgriculUire, compare the rude efforts and still ruder imple- 
ments of 1776, and the modest results of their labor, with the science 
of modern farming, with its planters, its reapers, its mowers, its thresh- 
ers, etc., by means of which it produces more than a thousand million 
bushels of corn annually, and other grains and stock in proportion. 

Take Coniincrce. Our trade, then small, was carried on mainly in a 
few British ships. Now our vessels whiten every sea, and reach every 
harbor on the habitable globe. 

Turn for a moment to Manufactures. A hundred years ago our man- 
ufactures were few, of the rudest kind, and mainly by hand. Since 
then, mammoth factories, filled with all kinds of the most improved ma- 
chinery which the prolific genius of man can invent, working in brass, in 
iron, in wood, in cotton, and in wool, have sprung up all over the land, 
and are flooding the world with the products of their labor. 

Mark the change in our Military condition. Contrast for a moment 
the humble band, with flint-lock guns, poor in everything save pluck 
and patriotism, which achieved our independence, with the million sol- 
diers of our late war, with their breech-loading rifles and iron-clad mon- 

Look at the Telegraph. Then electricity was a fierce monster, roam- 
ing wild whithersoever it pleased among the clouds, and sending its 
fearful bolts upon whatsoever and whomsoever it would. To-day modern 
science has harnessed that monster, and with it has almost annihilated 
time and space. 

Look at Traiiel and Transportation. Railroads were then undreamed 
of. Our grandmothers rode on pillions behind our grandfathers, or on 
ox-sleds, or in ox-carts, for such were almost the only means of travel 
in those days, and they went over illy wrought, tedious roads. Trans- 
portation of goods was then by the slow progress of teams. To-day, 
seated in palace-cars, we are whirled with lightning speed all over the 
civilized world ; and the long trains of heavy merchandise, rushing in 
all directions night and day, are in proud contrast with the transporta- 
tion of other days. 

Stea/n, in its wonderful resources, then comparatively unknown, is to- 
day the great propelling power of the earth. Besides countless railroad 
trains and an untold amount of machinery, it is driving unnumbered 
boats and ships over all the rivers, lakes, and oceans of the world. 

Once more, the Printing-Press. Then there were scarcely thirty in 
the whole country, and those so clumsy as to be able to turn off but a 
few hundred copies a day at best. Now our mammoth presses will 
print and fold a morning edition of a hundred thousand copies before 

These are but specimens of the vast strides our country has made in 
all directions during the last hundred years. Such has been the Past 
Century, to which we bid adieu to-day. Now, in conclusion, let us ask. 
May we not hope that the sun of American Liberty, which has dawned 
so auspiciously upon our country, scattering sunshine, progress, and 
blessing all around us, will ride onward and upward to its glorious me- 
ridian, and illumine the whole broad earth, and, if it descend at all, go 
placidly down in the west only when time shall cease? 

14th toast. The Coming Century — Its dawn gilded by the bow of 


Responded to by Rev. Charles Peabody, of Chicago, III., a native of 
Newport : 

I have just come on to this, my native town, from the deep bosom of 
the great West, to get a little rest among these old hills, and find my- 
self to-day suddenly snapped up to reply to the toast, "■T/ie Coming 
Century?^ 1 am no prophet or son of a prophet. You require me to 
lift the dark curtain of the future, and tell what lies beyond. I am to 
rehearse what the next hundred years will bring forth. At first, I thought 
it was a hard and impossible task ; but, looking at it again, it seems not 
so difficult after all. We will lay down our measuring-rod over the Past 
Century, marking along upon it the progress that has been made, the 
changes that have taken place, the improvements in agriculture, in man- 
ufactures, in art, in learning, in invention, in science, and in morals, and 
then, reversing our measuring-rod, we will thrust it into the dark future. 
It will reach down through the coming years to the year 1976. It is 
fair to conclude that the same progress will be made during the Coming 
Century as has been made during the past. Human nature is the same; 
man's restless activity is the same. His passions never die out in the 
wear of centuries. Calculate, then, if possible, the amount of progress 
in the last hundred years, and estimate by this the progress of the Com- 
ing Century. Along our measuring-rod you will find marked, in the sep- 
arate decades, with tolerable exactness, the events which will transpire. 
Here and there will be bloody wars. In another place will come out 
a great invention, which will far exceed the power of steam, and throw 
Watt and Fulton far into the shade. Before one fourth of these com- 
ing hundred years have passed, men will begin to navigate the air, and 
then our railroad stock will be worthless. There will be a ticket-office 
in Richards block, where tickets will be sold, by balloon, for San Fran- 
cisco. Then this invention of Prof. Morse — the electric telegraph — 
will be improved and extended, and instead of a few wires running 
along railroad tracks between city and city, the whole country, — 
towns, villages, and farms, — will be crossed and recrossed with wires, 
like a spider's web in a dewy morning. Men and women, boys and 
girls, will freely talk with each other by the Morse alphabet, ten, 
fifty, and a hundred miles away. Young men and maidens will do 
their courting by telegraph. There is a man in Chicago, where I 
live, — and he has never been to college, — who has discovered a 
method by which musical sounds are sent over the wires instead of 
the click which you hear from the instrument. If musical sounds 
can thus be transmitted, why not the tones of the human voice? I 
have no doubt that within the lifetime of some of these young persons 
before me, men will be able to talk to each other over the wires fifty or 
a hundred miles off", as freely as face to face. These improvements will 
go on, and, before half the century has passed, the people of Newport 
will be able to sit in their quiet parlors of a Sunday morning, and listen 
to their favorite preacher in Boston or New York. Not only over the 
land, but beneath the ocean waves, along the cables on the bottom of 
the sea, will travel the tones of the human voice. If you and I, Mr. 
President, could live long enough, we should be able, within this Com- 
ing Century, to sit in our own homes and listen to the stormy debate? 
of the French assembly at Versailles, or hear from her own lips the 
Queen's speech to Parliament. 


15th toast. The Men of the Present Time — Of those to whom much 
is given, much is required. 

Responded to by Rev. O. H. Jasper, D. D. : 

Mr. President : I am to speak of the gifts of the past to the com- 
ing century, tlie first to the second ; and I have just five minutes to 
perform this pleasant duty in. I tliink all must be impressed by the 
greatness of the undertaking. One miglit as well attempt to compress 
the ocean into a nutshell, or all time into a day. With this more than 
Herculean task, I shall not be required to even name any of the purely 
negative gifts — such as our immense indebtedness in nation, state, 
county, municipalities, and private accounts; nor to dwell on our man- 
ufacturing enterprises, diffused as they are through the entire range of 
the industrial arts; nor to refer to our shipping interests; nor to even 
think of our war material and preparations for defence ; nor of the 
e.xperienced commanders in war, all covered with glory and waiting 
for more worlds to conquer. Nor shall I be expected to dwell on that 
gigantic social force, commonly known among us as the " rum power." 
Whatever it may have been at the beginning of the first century, we 
pass it along to the second as a fifteen-hundred-million-dollar power 
of positive evil, whose only harvest is 60,000 deaths per annum, and a 
liberal furnishing of occupants to our prisons, almshouses, asylums, 
and victims for the gallows, — making 500.000 drunkards, raising to 
beggary, ignorance, and crime 100,000 children, and sending to prison 
100,000 persons every year! And we must pass to our children the 
task of estimating the accompaniment of sorrows to this fearful be- 
quest. Nor can I even glance at the array of historic names which pass 
along as the great lights of the coming century. Our lists are full in 
all the departments — of statesmanship, literature, law, medicine, and 
divinity; and we can only say to the coming generations. Look, and 
learn. But to the solid and the generally accepted and recognized 
gifts I may briefly refer. And first of all, our experience is worth some- 
thing, and not alone to our successors, but to the whole human race. 
Ours has been an apprenticeship in self-government, which ought not 
to be lost by our sons. They may grow wiser than their fathers were, 
but they will find it safe to hold fast to the first principles of the re- 
public. Population is one of the elements of strength. And of this 
item we pass to the second century 40,000,000 of people, in the 
place of 3,000,000 at the beginning. In a territorial view we have ex- 
panded from 300,000 square miles to 3.000,000 square miles, and no 
doubt there is more to follow. And on this territory we have laid olf, 
in useful lines, 150,000 miles of railroads, at a cost of $12,000,000,000. 
Over the same territory we have stretched 200,000 miles of telegraph. 
How many steamships float on our rivers, lakes, and oceans, I have not 
inquired. 15ut those last three items are new. Our fathers had none 
of these to start their century with. And these are invaluable gifts, 
and a commensurate return will be expected. And these are not all : — 
sewing machines, knitting machines, &c., swell the list, till it seems 
full, and leaves nothing more to do. And these are material. But the 
religious bequests are still more important, and not less rich. We fur- 
nish to our population of 40,000,000, 22,000,000 of church sittings, 
which is all that are called for at present. There are 7,500,000 church 
communicants ; there are 55,000 ministers in the country ; and church 


property amounting to $355,000,000. We spend in the cause of be- 
nevolence the sum of $7,000,000; we pay to the support of the 
Christian ministry a little less than $50,000,000 ; and for other current 
church expenses perhaps an equal sum, — while we spend $700,000,000 
annually for intoxicating liquors. 

In summing up, it is a pleasure to be able to say, that as a nation we 
occupy a position among the nations of the earth second to none and 
before many. And this position, so proudly ours to-day, has been 
reached by the wisdom and toil of the men of the first century. They 
began small and poor, but they have made their mark. This position 
with all its prestige, we pass along to our sons and successors. And 
with this view, hurried and imperfect as it is, of the gifts of the first 
to the second century of our history, we shall not be regarded un- 
reasonable if we expect a rich return. We, who stand between the 
two, with farewells to the first and salutes to the second, with the 
pride of the fathers and the hope of the sons swelling our hearts, may 
be excused if we expect great things. If the one talent of our fathers 
has produced five, surely the five we pass to the sons should not yield 
less than ten. 

After music by the band, and a vote to adjourn to the Fourth of July, 
1976, the meeting closed with three cheers for the Past Century and 
three for the new. 

Thirteen guns were fired at sunrise, one hundred at noon, and at sun- 
set one for each of the states and territories, accompanied by the ring- 
ing of all the bells. 

In the evening there was a splendid display of fireworks on the com- 
mon, and the town hall, public houses, and several private residences 
were brilliantly illuminated. 




Abbreviations: b., born; m., married; unm., unmarried; d., died; 
s,, son; dau., daughter; ch., child, children; r., resides, resided, 


Epiiraim E. p. Abbott was b. in Concord, N. II., Sept. 
20, 1S41. When he was five years of age, his father, Theodore 
T. Abbott, removed to Manchester, N. H. In that city lie 
passed through the various grades of the public schools, grad- 
uating from the high school in 1S59. In the autumn of the 
same year he entered Dartmouth college. He graduated from 
college in 1S63 ; taught the academy in Mclndoe's Falls, Vt., 
one year ; studied two years in the Theological Seminary in 
New York city ; graduated from Andover Theological Sem- 
inary in 1S67. Soon after his graduation, Mr. Abbott was 
called to the Congregational church in Meriden, N. H. He 
was ordained May 6, 1S6S; was m. June 30, 1S6S, to Caroline 
Harvey, dau. of Alexander Harvey, of Barnet, Vt. In 1S73 
Mr. Abbott resigned his charge in Meriden, and spent one year 
in Germany. Upon his return, he accepted a call to settle over 
the Congregational church in Newport. He began his work 
Jan. I, 1874; was formally installed March 24, 1S75. 


Jeremiah Adams, b. Sept. S, 1797, at Alstead,X. H. ; came 
to Newport in 1S17, and settled at Northville. He was absent 
from town a few years, at Concord, Vt. ; now lives at Milford, 


Mass. ; m., in 1S19, Lucy Wakefield, b. Aug. 17, 1795, d. Feb. 
4, 1S67 ; m., 2d, Sept. 15, 1S47, Lavina Walker, of Worcester, 

Ruth lF.,h. Feb. 26, 1820; m., 1840, Philander J. Ladd, of Unity, d. 
at Wisconsin, Nov. 2, 1875. 

Olive M., b. Dec. 27, 1821. 

Hiram B., b. Nov. 25, 1823 ; a shoe manufacturer and dealer at Worces- 
ter, Mass. ; m., Jan. i, 1846, Jane D. Ames. 

Harrison S., h. Apr. 24, 1826; m., 1847, Betsey Ladd, of Unity. He 
was a soldier during the Rebellion — was in the 6th Vt. Regt. ; he 
reenlisted, and served during the war; r. at Marshall, Wis. 

Charles H., b. Mar. 26, 1S30; m., 1854, Sarah Johnson, of Norwich, 
Vt. ; r. in Pompanoosuc, Vt. 

George S., b. June 16, 1833 ; was a soldier in the 25th Mass. Regt. dur- 
ing the Rebellion, and was at the battles of Newbern and Roanoke; 
m. Hannah B. Ames, of Worcester, Mass., where they now reside. 

John (J., b. Apr. 19, 1836. Upon the firing upon Fort Sumter, he left 
Milford, Mass., his home, and joined the 40th New York Regt. at 
N. Y. city. He was appointed sergeant, and served until his death, 
which occurred at Alexandria, Va., Nov. 22, 1861. His funeral, at 
Milford, was attended by a large concourse of people ; and his re- 
mains were borne to their final resting-place, under the stars and 

Paul S. Adams, b. May 5, 1813 ; came to this town, in 1851, 
from Georgetown, Mass., and was settled as pastor over the 
Baptist church. He has been a moderator and a superintend- 
ing school committee, and in i860 and 1S61 was a county school 
commissioner of Sullivan county ; m. Susan Linscott, of Bruns- 
wick, Me., b. June 20, 1821. 

Edgar E., b. Feb., 1843. [See Rebellion.] 

Sel/na E., b. Aug. 14, 1844; m. Matthew Adams, Portland, Me. 

E>ora L., h. Jan. 26, 1846; m. George Godfrey, Gardiner, Me. 

Helen S., b. May 21, 1847 ; m. Arthur W. Cla'rk. 

Osman, b. Apr., 1853, — a clerk at Portland, Me. 

Bell, b. Jan. 10, 1836. Bertina, b. Feb. 12, 1859. 


Andrew Aiken, a native of Bedford, b. Dec. 26, 1770; 
came to this town in 1S13 ; spent most of his life at the F. 
Aiken place on Pine street ; m. Martha McAllister, b. Dec. 25, 
1774, a sister of William. 

Frederick, b. Dec. 28, 1798. 

IVilliajn, b. Dec. 10, 1800; a mason in Boston; m. Elizabeth Locke; 
m., 2d, Margaret Nichols. 


Sarah, b. July 28, 1803; m. Jeremiah Newell. 

A7in A'., b. Sept. 5, 1805; m. Naylor Starbird. 

Martha M., b. Nov. 29, 1807; m., 1831, Sawyer Belknap. 

Margaret A., b. Sept. 12, 1813; m. Jonathan W. Clement; m., 2d, 

Leonard Kimball; m., 3d, Frederick Ijissell, of Louisiana; ch., 

Jay W., b. Jan. 31, 1839; Frederick W. B., b. April 2, 1854. She 

r. in Boston. 
Caroline, b. Jan. 13. 1816. 
James />'., b. June 23, 1818; a merchant in Boston; m. Jane Perkins, 

of Boston. 

Fredeuick Aiken, son of Andrew Aiken, was for several 
years engaged in the mercantile bnsiness, in the store of James 
Breck. He ultimately took the old homestead on Pine street, 
where he was a prosperous farmer, and where he remained 
until his death, Dec. i, 1875. M., Jan. 31, 1856, Almira Carr, 
dau. of David Carr. 

AddieJ., b. Nov. 15, 1857; d. Nov. 30, 1875. 
Frederick W., b. Feb. 17, 1862. 


George E. Alexander, son of Elkanah M. Alexander, b. 
Dec, 27, 184S, at Lenipster ; came to this town in 187^ He 
has most of his life been engaged in the manufacture of rakes, 
and is a tine workman. AI., July 3, 1875, Arabella Merrill, of 


David Allex, son of Gideon and Patience Allen, was born 
May 13, 1S77, at Killingworth, Conn. He lived on the J. Page 
place, on the Goshen road, where he had a large farm, kept a 
hotel, and was a popular landlord there as long as the old 
Croydon turnpike was the great thoroughfare for business. He 
was a selectman eight years, a representative in 1823 and 1S26, 
and high sherifl'five years. He d. Dec. 27, 1S40. He m. Han- 
nah Wilcox, dau. of Uriah Wilcox, who d. Oct. 13, 1850, aged 
69 years. 

Ebenezer, b. April 8, 1804; graduated at Dart. Coll. in 1826; studied 
law a part of the time in the oftice of Amasa Edes, of this town, 
and, after being admitted to the bar, went to Orono, Me., where he 
was for several years engaged in the practice of his profession. He 
then went to Texas, where he became secretary of state under Gen. 
Sam Houston, and where he continued his profession. He m. 
Sylvia Morse, of Skowhegan, Me. 


David, Jr., b. Dec. i, 1805. See Lawyers. 

Uriah IV., b. Oct. g, 1807; went to Stonington, Conn., where he spent 
his life at farming; was twice m., and left one s.. Albert. 

Alvira, b. Nov. 18, 1809; m. Philo Fuller, a manufacturer. Ch., Eu- 
gene, Nelson, Allen, Ellen, Edith. 

Nahuni \V., b. Nov. 6, 1812 ; went West as a teacher, where he became 
a clergyman, and where he d. Ch., Harriet. 

Hannah Cordelia, b. Dec. i, 1814; m. Gilbert Beach, a merchant at 
Perrysburgh, O. Ch., Anna, Mary. Edmund, Eugene. 

Roxana, b. Feb. 19, 1817; m. J. Manning Hall, a merchant at Perrys- 
burgh, O. Ch., Harriet A., Frank N. 

Sa7nuel J.,\i. Jan. 4, 1819. 

Harriet, b. April 26, 1821 ; m. Dr. Thomas Sanborn. See Physicians. 

Albert G., b. Nov. 12, 1823; a merchant; d. at Perrysburgh, O., aged 

William, b. Oct. 20, 1825; a farmer; d. July i, 1858. 

Samuel J. Allen, s. of David Allen, b. Jan. 4, 1S19, was 
educated at Newport and Unity academies, studied medicine 
in the office of Dr. J. L. Swett, graduated at the Castleton 
Medical College, in 1S43, and received an honorary degree at 
Dart. Coll. in 1S70. He commenced practice at Hartford, 
Conn., but spent most of his life at Hartford, Vt. He was 
a surgeon in the army during the Rebellion, He m.. June 4, 
1844, Mary J. Lyman, dau. of Lewis L3'man, of White River 
Junction, Vt. 

Samicel J., b. April 30, 1845, ^^ Woodstock, Vt. ; a graduate at Dart. 

Coll. ; a physician; is a surgeon in the army. 
Frederick L.,h. ]\Ay y, 1848, at Hartford, Vt ; a graduate at Dart. 

Coll., in 1874, where he was awarded the highest prize. He is a 

student at Andover Theological Seminary. 
Harry B., b. Sept. 30, 1857, at Hartford, Vt. ; a student at Norwich 


Samuel Allen, a brother of David, lived on the farm ad- 
joining that of his brother at the north ; m. a lady in Mass. 

Mary, m. Augustus Miller, of Brandon, Vt. 

Marilla, m. Asa Richardson. Ahnira, m. Bela Buel. 

Mark W. Allen came from Hopkinton ; lived on the East 
mountain ; m. Betsey Webber. 

Richard IV., h. Feb. 8, 1806; d. Nov. 21, 1825. 
Seth Jewett, b. Sept. 27, 1809. 

Elizabeth D., b. March 20, 1812; m. Joseph T. Chase. 
Mark Washington, b. July 13, 1814; m. Parthenia E. Hurd. Ch., 
W^ebber, Caradora. 


Skth Jrwett Ali-en, son of Mark W. Allen ; b. Sept. 27, 
1809 ; came to this town and settled on East mountain ; was a 
prominent singer; d. April 16, 1S70. M., April 20, 1832, Bet- 
sey C. Chase, a sister of Joseph T. 

Benjamin Rush, b. May 29, 1833. 

Julia Augusta, b. Dec. 10, 1834 ; m., Sept. 23, 1855, Richard A. Web- 
Susan Arabella, b. March 24, 1839. 
Dexter IT., b. Dec. 13, 1841 ; r. at Atlanta, Ga. ; m. Lizzie Osgood. 

Benjamin Rush Allen, son of Seth J. Allen, is a joiner by 
trade. He ha for years been our leading tenor singer. He 
has extraordinary skill in training voices, and has long been a 
leader of the South choir. He has been a teacher of music in 
this and other states. Married Mary Gilmore, dau. of Benj. 
AI. Gilmore. 

Fred Jeivett, b. Oct. 21, 1857. Dora, b. Oct. 2, 1859. 

William B.,h. April i, 1861 ; d. May 28, 1869. 
Addie F., b. Oct. 10, 1867. Mary B., b. Aug. 22, 1870. 

Minnie M., b. March 6, 1S75. 

Samuel W. Allen, b. Nov. 7, 1S34, at Wells, Me., came 
here in August, 1855, and worked in the Sil^le}'^ scythe factory 
until 1S71, when he erected his saw-mill at Northvillc. M., 
No\^ 3, 1S57, Amelia R. Sibley, dau. of Ezra T. Siblev. 

Fred A., b. March 29, 1858. Carrie B., b. Sept. 6, 1859. 

Cora D., b. Sept. 29, 1861 ; d. young. 
George A., b. July 28, 1863. Hattie S., b. May 3, 1866. 

Mary G., b. May 12, 1871. Eva Gertrude, b. June 12, 1873. 

yo/in E., b. Feb. 26, 1876; d. young. 


Erastus Angell, a farmer, b. June 13, 1814, at Sunapce ; 
came to this town in 1S40, and settled on the C. AIcGregor 
farm, now owned by Dr. T. Sanborn ; m. Fanny George, of 
Sunapee ; m., 2d, May, 1858, Rosiltha Sargent, of Sunapee, b. 
Jan., 1S3S. 

Hiram S., b. Aug. 14, 1851. 

Jennie M., b. Feb. 5, 1850; m., Oct., 1876, Leon Caroon, of Canada; 

ch., Kittie B., b. Oct. 5, 1878. 
Ai>l>ie E., b. Nov. 19, 1854; m., Aug. 8, 1873, Ora C. Straw, of Clare- 




Hiram S. Angell, son of Erastus, a livery man, b. Aug. 14, 
1851 ; m., Oct. 3, 1876, Sarah E. Russell, of Watertown, Ms., 
b. Sept. 21, 1857, '"^^ Battle Creek, Mich. ; ch., Lillian Maud, 
b. Oct. 22, 1877. 


Reuben Angier, a brother of Needham L. Angier, of 
Georgia, b. Sept. 10, 1809; came here from Acworth in 1863, 
and settled on Claremont hill ; m. Mrs. Hannah M. Paul, dau. 
of Stephen Call. 

Olive E., b. June 29, i860. Needham E., b. Aug. 21, 1862. 

R. Willey, b. Jan. 13, 1865. 


Chester Averill, b. Nov, 18, 1812, at Windsor, N. H. ; 
d. Sept. 22, 1876; came from Hillsborough to this town in 
1837. He was for many years stage proprietor, and the prince 
of drivers ; afterwards merchant. He was genial and gener- 
ous. Married Robertha Ray, of Unity, b. Dec. 27, 1817. [See 

Elleti R., b. June 8, 1841 ; m., Aug. 14, i860. Dean S. Clement, b. July 
26, 1838. 

Tsabell, b. Nov. 2, 1842 ; m., Sejjt. 13, 1871, Henry Noyes, of Lebanon. 

Henry C, b. Mar. 5, 1848; m., Sept., 1876, Nellie Pettis, of Frances- 

Florence Adell, b. July 30, 1858; m., Sept. 20, 1874, Ira Stowell. 

HiMAN A. Averill, b. May 19, 1829, at Windsor, N. H. ; a 
brother of Chester ; came to this town in 1850 ; was stage pro- 
prietor and driver, operating between Newport and Bradford, 
in connection with his brother. His brother having retired, he 
owned and controlled the staging, then a very important busi- 
ness, vmtil it was discontinued. As a stage man, he was a 
shrewd manager, was attentive to the wants of his patrons, and 
had many friends. Since the opening of the railroad he has been 
engaged in farming and various speculations, and is a suc- 
cessful business man. He was a representative in 1866, 1867, 
and 1878. Married Angelina Taggart, who d. July 20, 1865, 
aged 38 years; m., 2d, Martha J. Hunton, dau. of J. H. Hun- 



Stki'IIRN Atwood came to this town from Weaie, in 1797, 
and settled on the E. D. W'liipple farm ; m. Fanny .Steele. 

Polly, b. Nov. 23, 1796. Amos, b. Apr. 17, 1799. 

Jesse, b. July 20, iSoi. Mehitable, b. Sept. 2, 1803. 

Stephen, b. May 29, 1S05. Fanny, b. July 17, 1S07. 

Luke, b. July 29, 1S09. Alexander B., b. Dec. 20, 181 1. 


William Badgku, b. June 6, 1799; came from Kingston in 
1812; lived on Thatcher hill; m., Feb. 2, 1S26, Hannah D. 
Reddington, of Sunapce. 

Loanda A., b. Jan. 2, 1827 ; d. at 10. 
Ann M., b. Aug. 11, 1829; d. 1852. 
Marcia A/., b. Apr. 22, 1833; d. 1837. 
Stephen, b. Mar. 17, 1837; d. 1837. 
Lois Maria, b. Apr. 22, 1840; d. 1843. 
\ Henry //'., b. May 4, 1842. 

Henry W. Badger, s. of William Badger, a joiner and arch- 
itect. He has been an important and active worker in the wood 
factory of W. L. Dow & Co. since its establishment. Married, 
Dec. It, 1S69, Mary E. Woodbury, b. Mar. 13, 1S43, in Boston. 

Anna \V., b. Mar. i. 1871. John IV., b. July 22, 1873. 

Vina Zalifo, b. Nov. 16, 1875. 


Jessk Bailey, m. Sarah Thurston, .Sept. 13, 1775, at New- 
port. I find no further account of this fltmily. 

Amanda, b. Mar. 25, 1777. Jesse, Jr., b. Feb. 9, 1779. 

Elizabeth, b. Mar. 12, 1781, J'hineas, b. July 13, 1783. 

Eliphalet Bailey, a native of Unity, lived in the south 
part of the town, on the Unity road, on the place now occu- 
pied by N. Brown ; m. Celinda Clement, of Unity, sister of J. 
W. Clement; m., 2d, Artemesia Locke, of Charlestown. He 
il. in the autumn of 187S. 

Elmira, b. Sept. 6, 1817; m. Calvin IL Pike. 
Mandana, b. Oct. 21, 1823; m. Henry F. Pike. 
Martha J., ni. Ira M. Perry, of Charlestown. 


John Bailey, b. Oct. 9, 1765, at Lunenburg, Mass.; came 
to this town from Warner in 1S12, and settled in the south- 
west corner of the town, where he d. at the age of 94 years ; 
m. Phoebe Whittemore. 

Benjamin, b. Dec. 8, 1793; m. Julia McGay ; went to Montreal. 

Roxana, b. Apr. 5, 1795. 

Josiali, b. Apr. 21, 1797. He remained at the homestead until his 

death ; was a selectman in 1847. 
Fanny, b. Sept. 29, 1799. Rebecca, b. Feb. 11, 1800. 

Fhabe IV., b. May 12, 1803. 


James Baker, b. Mar., 1796; d. Feb. 27, 1875. He came 
to this town from Goshen, when 12 years of age, and lived in 
the west part of the town. He manufactured, for many years, 
'' Baker's Water-Proof Leather Preserver." Married Sophia 
Chapin, d. Dec. 24, 1S39, aged 44; m., 2d, Priscilla Osgood, d. 
Jan. 6, 1S70, aged 79. He was the first man in town to keep 
a large stock of fowls. Hens of the White Leghorn breed were 
his favorites. He furnished a large amount of poultry and eggs 
for the market. 

Elizabeth, b. Jan. 20, 1822. 

Emily, b. Apr. 27, 1823 ; m., June 15, 1849, Abijah W. Tenney. 

Pamelia, b. Feb. 28, 1825;%., Jan. 24. 1850, George V. Baker, of Unity. 

James, b. Mar. 23, 1827 ; m., July 28, 1851, Anna M. Dimond, of Rox- 
bury, Mass. 

Mary, b. Feb. 12, 1829; d. Oct. 31, 1832. 

Abiah C.,h. May 12, 1831 ; m., Feb. 10. 1864, Rev. William H. Bar- 
rows, of Mansfield. Conn. ; r. at Hampton, Iowa. 

Martin, b. Apr. 27, 1833; m., Sept. 24, 1856, Charlotte L. Wood, of 
Lebanon; r. at Lebanon. 


Eleazer Baldwin, a miller, the father of the Baldwins, 
came from Killingworth, Conn., first, to Claremont, and thence 
to Newport, bringing with him five ch., viz., Worcester., Eras- 
tus., Philander,, Eleazei', and Barbara. Worcester m. Miriam 
Wilcox, dau. of Jesse, and, with most of the family, removed 
to Crown Point, N. Y. 

Erastus Baldwin, s. of Eleazer, b. May 2, 1790; m., July 
3, iSii, Lucy S. Church, b. June 3, 17S6. He was a merchant 



and town-clerk. He was social, a line penman, and a popular 
merchant. lie took the old Church homestead, which stood 
upon tlic site now occupied by Wheeler's block, where he re- 
mained until his death, and which was subsequently occupied 
for man\' \-cars by his widow during^ her lite. 

Erastus S., b. Mar. 31, 1812. Martha C, b. Feb. 20, 1814. 

\ Henry JC, b. Dec. 19, 18 [5. ] Samuel C, b. Sept. 15, 1817. 

Martha /., b. Sept. 29, 1819. James P., b. Sept. 6, 1821. 

Henky E. Baldwin, s. of Erastus, b. Dec. 19, 1S15 ; served 
an apprenticeship in the Argus oltice : was for several years 
editor and proprietor of the paper, and afterwards was editor 
and proprietor of the Lowell Advertiser. He filled the otKces 
of register of deeds and of probate for Sullivan county ; was 
clerk of the N. H. senate, and for four years an officer in the 
Boston custom-house. He was private secretary to President 
Pierce. He took a deep interest in the welfare of his native 
town. He was a designer and engraver. His social nature, 
agreeable manners, anil uniform courtesy won for him many 
friends. He d. at Washington, D. C, I"eb. 12, 1S55, aged 41 
years ; m. Marcia, dau. of Thomas W. Gilmore. [See Litera- 

vSamukl C. Baldwin, s. of Erastus, b. Sept. 15, 1S17, was 
connected with his brother (Henry E.) in the publication of the 
Argils^ antl also in the publication of the Lowell Advertiser. 
He went to Plymouth, Mass., in 1S44, where he revived the 
Plymouth Rock., and while there was twice elected a represent- 
ative to the legislature of that state. He afterwaids went to 
Meredith, in this state; was editor and proprietor oi\X\Q. Netv 
Hampshire Democrat ., and was clerk for the county of Bel- 
knap ; d. there Dec. 3, 1S61, aged 44 years. [See Literature.] 
He m., Jan. 16, 1840, Sarah S. Hatch, dau. of Dr. Mason Hatch. 

Emma //., b. July 17, 1S43; m. Cliarles Partridge. 

Lucv A., b. Oct. I, 1845 ; m. Charles W. Moore, of Concord; r. in AI- 

'bany, N. Y. 
Mason //.. b. Sept. 13, 1847; m. Carrie Flint; r. in Iowa. 
Marcia G., b. July 18, 1849; ^- ■^P'"- -6. 'S64. 
Fiances, b. Oct. 5, 1852. 

Arthur //., b. Oct. 14, 1854; a graduate of the Scientific Department, 
Dartmouth college. 



Levi W. Barton. [See Lawyers.] Married Mnry A. Pike, 
1S39; m., 2d, Aug. 25, 1S52, Lizzie F. Jewett, of Nashua. 
Tlieir silver wedding occurred Aug. 25, 1877, ^" ^'^^ presence 
of a large circle of friends. They received an elegant silver 
service, the Hon. Edmund Burke making an appropriate 
presentation speech in behalf of the donors. 

Ira McL.^ b. March 11, 1840; d. Jan. 19, 1876. [See Lawyers.] 

Herbei't J., b. Sept. 27, 1853. 

Charles Frent07it, b. Oct. 19, 1856. 

Ralph Winter, b. July 22, 1859; d. Sept. 13, 1863. 

Leajider A/., b. March 28, 1862; d. Sept. 26. 1863. 

Florence Frances, b. April 8, 1865. Natt Lincoln, b. Aug. 28, 1867. 

Jessie Maston, b. Jan. 21, 1870. 

Herbert J. Barton, son of L. W. Barton ; b. Sept. 27, 
1S53. Had his preparatory training at the N. H. Conference 
Seminary at Tilton, and was graduated at Dartmouth college 
in the class of 1S76, standing among the highest in his class. 
He is a successful and popular teacher. He taught several 
terms at Providence, R. L ; was principal of the high school in 
Union district, in this town, two years ; is now principal of 
a high school at Waukegan, 111., where he has charge of all the 
departments. M., Aug. 21, 1S77, Sarah L. Dodge, dau. of 
Leander F. Dodge, of this town. 

HosEA B. Barton, a native of Croydon, a printer and farm- 
er ; b. March 5, 181 2 ; came to this town from Concord, where 
he had been engaged in printing, in 185S. Married Sarah C. 
Austin ; m., 2d, Frances R. Brown. He purchased the farm 
on the Goshen road now occupied by his son, where he re- 
mained luitil his death. 

Catharine F., b. Sept. 11, 1844. William H., b. May 25, 1846. 

Charles A., b. Oct. 31, 1848. George E., b. Nov. i, 1850. 

Adelia J., b. April 17, 1854. Mary E., b. Nov. 10, 1856. 

John C, b. Dec. 25, 1859. ^'^^^i'^ S. A., b. Feb. 18, 1863. 
Lemuel R., b. Aug. 31, 1869. 

Martin A. Barton, a deputy sheriff' and jailor, son of 
Peter Barton, of Croydon; b. Aug. 22, 1S13 ; came here from 


his native town, where he was a merchant, and where he had 
been a selectman, and a representative in 1869. M., Aug. 22, 
1844, Elizabeth Hook, of Springfield. 

Charles Wilson, b. Jan. 28, 1847; m. Ida E.Walker, of Grantham. 

Ch., Ralph iM., b. July 21, 1875. 
Frank A., b. Aug. 17, 1849; d. May 28, 1858. 
Elizabeth S., b. Oct. 2, 1853. 

Cyrus Barton. [See The Press.] IMarried Hannah Hale, 
of Keene, a sister of Salma Hale, of Kcene, and David Hale, of 
this town. 

George S. [See Lawyers and Literature.] 


Jonathan Barnard, a merchant, son of Thomas Barnard ; 
b. April 28, 1819, at Warren, N. H. ; came here in 1870; 
commenced trade with Jeremiah Carter. He was a selectman 
at Orange in 1845, ^"<^' '^ representative from Canaan in 1S67. 
Married Mary A. Wells, of Plymouth ; m., 2d, Oct. S, 1S78, 
Mrs. Urena Mudgett, of Goshen. 

Clara A., b. Oct. 20, 1850; ni. Alvah S. Chase. 

Georgia A., b. Feb. 26, i860; a graduate of Newport high school. 


Joseph Barrett, a farmer, son of Benjamin; b. Jan. 13, 
1813 ; came from Fitchburg, Mass. ; was a soldier in the Union 
army. Married Louisa Newton, a daughter of Erastus. 

Mary C, b. Nov. 9, 1847. Charles B., b. Oct. 24, 1849. 

Frank E., b. July 12, 1851. Jennie E., b. Dec. 27, 1853. 

Helen L., b. March 28, 1855. 

Whitney D. Barrett, s. of Ezra, b.June 12, 1836; came 
to this town, from Brattleborough, Vt., in 1864, and settled at 
Northville ; has been for many years a successful writing-mas- 
ter ; m., Nov. 16, 1856, Louisa A. Bellamy, of Townshend, Vt., 
b. Mar. 20, 1835. Her family is noted for its literary taste. 

Whilney David, b. Jan. 30, 1858; a scythe-maker ; m., "SVm. 9, 1S76, 

Emma G. Fletcher. 
Hattie, b. July 8, i860; d. Apr. 3, 1861. 
xMarv C, b. Feb. 22, 1862; d. Dec. 15, 1863. 
Lizzie C, b. Sept. 23, 1863. EUa J/., b. June 10, 1870. 



Wilder L. Bartlett, b. June 12. 181 1 ; came from Suna- 
pee in 1848, and purchased the farm at Northville now owned 
by Albert D. Bartlett, and there spent the remainder of his life. 
Married Susan Emerson, dau. of Jonathan Emerson, 2d. 

Lucina Antoinette, b. Sept. 17, 1845; ^ graduate at Meriden ; a suc- 
cessful teacher. 

Albert D. Bartlett, son of Joshua Bartlett, of Sunapee ; b. 
March 9, 1819; came here in 1S73, and settled on the W. L. 
Bartlett place, at Northville, where he is a laborious and thriv- 
ing former. M., Sept. 7, 1840, Sarah T. Cook, of Bradford, b. 
Nov. 7, 1818. 

Maria A., b. March 30, 1842; m., May 10, 1866, John Batchelder; r. 

at Haverhill, Mass. 
Georgia A., b. Dec. 22, 1854. 

George E. Bartlett came to this town from Unity in 1S60 ; 
was in trade with Chester Averill, in Wheeler's block, for several 
years ; was subsequently in trade for himself at the same place. 
He returned to Unity, where he is now engaged in farming. 
Married Maria M. Buckminster, of Unity. He was elected a 
representative in 1878, from Unity, under the I'evised consti- 
tution, for 1879 and '80. 

J. Monroe Bartlett, a joiner, came from Unity, and learn- 
ed his trade with Benj. M. Gilmore. Married Caroline, dau. of 
Abner Kellev. 

Afay, b. May 28, i860; m. Woodbury Prescott. 


Elias Bascom came from Northfield, Mass., prior to 177S, 
and settled on the H. Spooner farm on the Unity road. He 
brought with him six sons, — Elias^ Reuben^ Joseph^ Zeri^ 
Arthnedorus^ and Elisha. They all went to Vermont — mostly 
to Orwell — except Reuben. William F., a son of Artimedorus, 
graduated at Middlebury, studied law, Avas a member of the 
constitutional convention, and a professor in Howard Univer- 


sity. Elislia was a judge, and a member of the legislature ; and 
his third son, William TuUcy, a lawyer, published the Ohio 
State yourttal^ and afterwards the Zenia TorcJdi^ht. Ira^ b. 
at Newport, in 17S3, graduated at Middlebury college in 1S07 ; 
was principal of the Rutland Grammar School, at Castleton, 
Vt., and a professor in Howard University in 181Q-11 ; studied 
medicine, and practised at Whitehall, N. Y.. and at Orwell, 
Vt., and d. at the latter place, Dec. 6, 1S20. He was scholarly, 
and was winning in his ways. 

Elias Bascom, s. of Elias, came from Northfield, Mass., 
with his father; m., May 12, 17S2, Rebeckah Stevens, of Kil- 
lingworth, Conn. 

Rosalinda, b. Apr. 25, 1783 ; d. July 9, 1783. 

Rosaliiuta, b. May 5, 1784. Josiah, b. Mar. 7, 1786. 

Joseph Bascom, s. of Elias, b. Mar. 30, 176S ; lived on the 
J. Sweet place, now occupied by H. Spooner, on the Unity 
road; m., in 1795, Esther Slack, at Hopewell, N.J. ; m., 2d, 
June 5, 1S14, Lucretia Farnum, of Benson, Vt. He was a sur- 
veyor, well educated, and an active business man. He was a 
deacon at Benson, Vt., to which place he removed in 1S14, and 
where he d., Feb. 12, 1S52. 

Elias, b. at Hopewell, N. J., Feb. 23, 1796. 

ElizabdJi, b. at Newport, Feb. 26, 1798. 

Joseph, b. Feb. 22, 1800. Edmond, b. Feb. 14, 1S02. 

Sibyl, b. Jan. 16, 1804. Brnjaiitin, b. Feb. 12, 1806. 

Matilda l)., b. Jan. 18, 1808. Horace, b. Mar. 14, 1810. 

/ra, b. Apr. 2, 1812. Abigail, b. Oct. 11, i8i6. 

Reuben Bascom, a farmer and clothier, s. of Elias, b. Apr. 
22, 1763, came here with his father in 1779, and settled on the 
L. Bascom farm on the Unity road. He was a selectman ; m., 
in 17S6, Lydia Hurd (the first female born in town), b. June 7, 
176S. He d. Apr. 7, 1S39 '■> she d. Mar. 24, 1847. 

Asenath, h. May 18, 1787; ni. Amos Xoyes ; m., 2d, Chalker Buell. 
\ Reuben, b. Apr. 17, 1790. f Elihii, b. Nov. 21, 1792. 

Eunice, b. Dec. 10, 1794; d. Nov. 7, 1813. 
Loren, b. Oct. 6. 1796; ni. Eunice Buell; ch., Lucy S. He d. Feb. 

25. 1826. 
t Elisha, b. Oct. 28, 1798. Lvdia. b. Sept. 21. 1800. 

Almira, b. Sept. 22, i«o2 ; m., Nov.,' 1834, Joel Wright. She d., July, 

1 859. 


Caroline, b. Feb. 18, 1807; m., Nov., 1833, Moses Hurd ; r. at Spring- 
field, Vt. Ch., Asenath L., b. Oct., 1834; m., Nov., 1856, Daniel 
E. Carr. 

Eliza, b. Sept. 28, 1808; unmarried; r. at the old homestead. 

Cynthia P., b. July 16, 1812 ; m., Apr. 25, 1836, Erastus Hurd, who d. 
Sept. II, 1842; m., 2d., Sept. 20, 1843, Simeon Whittier. 

Reuben Bascom, s. of Reuben, a clothier and farmer; m. 
Philomela Chapin ; m., 2d, Elizabeth Chapin. He spent most 
of his life on his farm, near the school-house in District No. 13, 
now occupied by his son William. 

Carlos L., b. July 2, 1820; m. Emily Sanborn, of Knoxville, 111. Ch., 

Mary A., b. Aug. 9, 1848; Emily, b. Dec. 9, 1849; Henry, b. July 

31, 1853 ; Frank. 
Henry J/., b. Sept. 24, 1821 ; d. at Geneseo, 111., Nov. 23, 1S42. 
Philontela, b. Sept. i, 1823: m., Nov. 25, 185 1, Rev. Glen Wood, of 

Chicago; d. May 6, 1866. 
Elizabeth^C, b. July 19, 1828; d. Aug. 15, 1878. 
William, b. Dec. 24, 1830. He remains at the old homestead, is fond 

of books, and is an active member of the Congregational church. 
Mary L., b. Sept. 9, 1833; m. Lyman M. Fletcher. 

Elihu Bascom, s. of Reuben ; b. Nov. 21, 1792 ; m. Hannah 
Tenney. He was a farmer, and spent most of his life at the A 
Babb place, in the east part of the town, on the Sunapee road ; 
d. Sept. 3, 1S61. 

Ruel G., b. Mar. 14, 1827; m. Sophia Kempton. Ch., Emma J., b. 

Feb. 28, 184S; Ada S., b. Jan. 21. 1866; Ruel L. ; Frederick E. 

d. Jan. 10, 1863; Charles K., b. June 10, 1862. 
Ellen M., b. Feb. 5, 1831 ; m., July 18, 1858, Nelson Chase. Ch. 

Clement B., b. July 14, i860; Myrtia May, b. July 2, i-s66. 
Elias B., b. Jan. 7, 1833. R. at Lansing, Iowa; was a captain during 

the Rebellion ; was for a while an inmate of Libby prison ; m. Mary 

Rogers. Ch., Mary J., b. Sept. 3, 1856; Alice J., d., 1862 ; Alice, 

b. Mar. 23, 1866; Ada, b. Jan., 1870. 
Horace Sanford, b. Sept. 25, 1834: a sharpshooter in 1864. He is a 

joiner. M., May 11, 1878, Luella Haven. 
Alice, b. Sept. 29, 1837; m., Aug. 22, 1859, Benjamin F. Carr. Ch., 

Fred Porter, b. June 15, 1861 ; Nellie, b. Oct. 16, 1863. 
Harriet, b. Jan. 9, 1841 ; m., June, i, 1861, Moses Hoyt. Ch., Frank 

E., b. Apr. 21, 1863. 

Elisha Bascom, s. of Reuben, m., Aug. 2, 1823, Temperance 
Tenney, b. July 20, 1S03 ; he d. Sept. 21, 1S66. He was a cloth- 
ier, and lived at the H. Chapin place, now occupied by the 
sons of Calvin Pike, at Southville. 


Catharine, h. Nov. 18. 1823; m., Sept., 1848, Hubbard Cooper, of 
Croydon; she cl. Apr., i"868. Ch., Ada L., b. Feb. 9, 1851; Etta 
E., b. 1058, d. 1859; Bertha .M., b. June 11, 1863. 

Morton, b. Aug. 13, 1826; m., Sept., 1851, Lovina Pike. Ch., Imo- 
gene, b. Aug. 17. 1853; Flora M., b. Sept., 1857; Edgar iM., b. 
Mar., 1859; James W., b. Oct. 3, 1863. 

Wallace, b. Jan. 29, 1831 ; m., Jan., 1853, Ellen Kelsey. He was in 
the 2d Mass. Regt., and was shot through the heart at the battle of 
Gettysburg, July 3, 1863. Ch.. Charles W., b. 1854; Kate L; Fred- 
erick, b. Dec, i860; Emma K., b. July, 1862. 

Ellen, b. Oct. 5, 1833; m., Dec. 13, 1853, Sullivan H. Brown, of Croy- 
don. Ch., Frank D., b. Jan. 8, 1859; Herbert E. 

Marian, b. Feb. 18, 1837; d. Oct. i. 1865; unmarried. 

Abby, b. Feb. 11, 1839; m., Apr. 18, 1861, Leonard T. .Moody. Ch., 
Wallace E.. b. Oct. 3, 1863. 

James P., b. Mar. 30, 1841 ; he was in the 9th Regt. ; d. at Falmouth, 
V'a., Dec. 25, 1862. 

Henry, b. June 2, 1843. 

Emma, b. June 23, 1846; d. Oct. 17, 1865; unmarried. 


O. P. Baston, a photographer, b. Feb. 12, 1842, at Welling- 
ton, Me. ; learned his art in Boston, and, after practising a while 
in Lebanon and Nashua, settled here in 1S66, where he remain- 
ed until 187S. He is a hue artist. He operated in Richards 


John Batcheldek, a carriage-maker, came from Beverly, 
Mass. Married Eliza Kelsey. Ch., William. 

William Batchelder, a teamster, son of John, b. June 28, 
1826. Married Olivia Currier, of Sunapee. 

Isabel, b. Feb. 12, 1854. Charles E., b. June 5, 1855. 

William //. , b. June 6, i860. 


Andrew Beard, b. Jan.. 1791, at New Boston, where he 
was a representative several years ; came here from Unity in 
iS37,and settled on the East mountain ; m. Rachel P. Marshall, 
of Weare. 

John, m. Emily Marshall, of Unity; r. in Kansas. 

Mari^aret J., m. Hiram Angell, of Sunapee. 

Elisabeth, d. young. Augustus F., b. Aug. 25, 1S27. 


Augustus F. Beard, s. of Andrew Beard, was a farmer. He 
remained for several years at the old homestead on East moun- 
tain. Sold out and went to the West ; m. Nyrah Hurd, b. May 
23, 1 8 23. 

Hiram A., b. April 15, 1855. Ir^uiJi //., b. May 3, i860. 


Charles L. Brockway, b. March 17, 1S46; came from 
Bradford in 1S65. He was a merchant, and was for several 
years in trade, with Chester Averill, in Wheeler's block ; m. 
Maria G. Long, dau. of Leander Long. 

Alice M.,h. May 31, 1875. 


Jabez Beckwith, a jeweller, made the first eight-day clocks 
in town ; came from Lempster. He was brother to the wife of 
Maj. Erastus Newton. Had two daughters, one of whom m. 
Caleb Kelsey and the other Harry Newton. 


Amos Beck, b. Dec. 25, 1S25 ; a farmer ; came from Goshen 
in 1S50; m. Mary Eastman, of Sunapee. 


Sawyer Belknap, s. of Moses and Esther (Webster) Bel- 
knap, b. May 24, 1S06 ; came from Atkinson, his native place, 
to this town in 1S25. He is now a farmer, but has most of his 
life been a manufacturer of and dealer in boots and shoes. He 
was an officer in the militia, and was always a zealous friend 
of that military system which places the musket, the symbol of 
national defence and public liberty, in the hands of every able- 
bodied man. He was post-master from May 1st, 1S52, until 
Oct. 14, 1861, and was town-clerk five years. He m., 1S31, 
Martha M. Aiken, dau. of Andrew Aiken. 

George Eugene, b. Jan. 22, 1832. 

Williani Hadden, b. May 22, 1834, is a boot manufacturer, now in the 

establishment of Ethan S. Chase & Son, of this town. 
Henry Sawyer, b. Ai)ril 30, 1S36, is chief clerk in the establishment 

of the Emerson Piano Co., Boston, Mass, 


Edmund Burke, b. Nov. l, 1838; a merchant, one of the firm of A. 
W. Stearns & Co., of Lawrence, Mass. ; m., Jan. i, 1862, Ellen E. 
Hawks, of Bradford, b. Jan. 23, 1840. Ch., Lawrence, b. Oct. 18, 

Charles James, b. May 10, 1842 ; a manufacturer at Boston, Mass. ; m., 

Oct. 24, 1866, Carrie Frances .Martin, of Boston. 
Hamlet Webster, b. June 15, 1845: a harness-maker, and is now 

engaged in the establishment of Chas. H. Watts in this town; m., 

Nov. 23, 1870. Mary Adell Bartlett. dau. of ^Lirtin C. Bartlett, b. 

Aug., 1S53. Ch., Blanche, b. Aug. 10, 1878. 

George Eugene Belknap, U. S. Navy, s. of Sawyer Bel- 
knap, was b. Jan. 22, 1S32. He went to the common and high 
schooLs of the town initil the age of 15, when he was appointed 
a midshipman in the U S. naval service, at the unsolicited in- 
stance of Hon. Edmund Burke, then U. S. Commissioner of Pat- 
ents at Washington. He entered the naval academy, Annapo- 
lis, Md., November, 1S47; attached to U. S. brig Porpoise, 
west coast of Africa, for the suppression of the slave trade, 
1S48-50; frigate Raritan, 50 guns. Pacific Squadron, 1S50-53 ; 
landed with party of seamen and marines at Valparaiso, Chili, 
1S51, to protect American merchants and other citizens during 
a revolution there; naval academy, 1S53, '54; graduated from 
that institution June, 1854, '"^""^^ '^^'^^ ordered to duty on Coast 
Survey, as passed midshipman ; sailing-master of corvettes Fal- 
mouth and Saratoga, 1S54, '55 ; commissioned a lieutenant Sept., 
1S55, and ordered to receiving-ship Ohio at Boston ; corvette 
Portsmouth, Asiatic squadron, 1856-5S; commanded a launch 
carrying a twelve-pound howitzer and 35 men at capture of tlie 
barrier torts. Canton river, China, November, 1S56 ; assisted in 
undermining and blowing up the four forts, which mounted 176 
guns (one of the guns, a brass piece, measuring 23 feet in length), 
anil had four men of his party killed and eight v\'oinulcd ; 
U. S. S. Ohio, 1S5S; corvette St. Louis, 1S59-61 ; command- 
ed the boats of the St. Louis at both reinforcements of Fort 
Pickens, April, 1861, and piloted Gen. Harvey Brown into the 
fort ; executive officer gunboat Hinon, 1S61, '62, and took part 
in the capture of Fernandina, St. John's, St. Augustine, St. 
Mary's, etc. ; captured English steamer Cambria, loaded with 
arms, clotiiing, an<.l medicines, which attempted to riui the 
blockade into Charleston, and took her to Philadelphia for adju- 
dication; was commissioned a lieutenant-commander, July, 1S62 ; 


execvitive officer iron-clad frigate New Ironsides, 1862-64; '*'"' ^7 
engagementSjWith Forts Sumter and Moultrie, and other defences 
of Charleston harbor ; commanded gunboat Seneca in latter 
part of '64; then transferred to the command of monitor Canon- 
icus, and was in two actions with that vessel, with Howlett 
House battery, up James river, near Riclimond, Dec, '64, and 
took part in the actions of Dec, '64, and Jan., '65, which re- 
sulted in the capture of Fort Fisher, leading in and taking the 
advanced position ; received more hits from the enemy than 
anv other vessel ; slightly wounded from fragment of shot, 
which broke to pieces on striking the turret; present at the 
evacuation of Charleston, and fired the last hostile shot at its 
defences ; commanded the same vessel in the special squadron 
which went to Havana in quest of the rebel iron-clad Stone- 
wall ; executive officer corvette Shenandoah, which sailed for 
Asiatic squadron, December, '65 ; promoted to commander, for 
efficient and conspicuous services during the war, on the way 
out, and assigned to the command of the flag-ship Hartford, on 
arrival at Hong Kong; commanded expedition against Indians 
on the island of Formosa, 1S67 — loss, one officer killed ; partici- 
pated in the ceremonies incident to the opening of the new 
treaty ports in Japan, Januar}', '68 ; navigation officer, navy 
yard, Boston, 1S69-72 ; May, '72, ordered to command the cor- 
vette Tuscarora. and sailed for the Pacific, through the straits 
of Magellan, the following month ; April, '73, landed a detach- 
ment of seamen and marines at Panama, to protect the transit 
across the isthmus during a revolution there ; May, '73, assign- 
ed to special duty in the Tuscarora, having been selected by 
the secretary of the navy to make deep-sea soundings across the 
North Pacific, between California and Japan, to determine the 
practicability of that route for the laying of a telegraph cable ; 
took the recently devised but comparatively untried ma- 
chine of Sir William Thomson, of Glasgow University, im- 
proved upon the details of its construction, and prosecuted the 
work with great success, working an entire revolution in the 
methods of deep-sea sounding, getting more accurate results 
than had hitherto been obtained, with a corresponding econo- 
my of labor and time ; also invented three different cups, or 
cylinders, for bringing up specimens of soil and water from the 


ocean-bed, which are believed to be the best yet devised, 
whether in this country or Europe, and wliich have been 
adoptcti as standards by the navy department ; got a depth of 
5^ statute miles on the coast of Japan, being the deepest water 
ever found in the ocean. The work of tiie Tuscarora excited 
great interest among scientists, both in tiiis country and in Eu- 
rope. He was detached from command of the Tuscarora, at 
his own request, October, '75, having run two lines of sound- 
ings across the Pacific ; was oflered the position of hydrograph- 
jc inspector of the U. S. Coast Survey, at Washington, but de- 
clined ; senior naval ofHcer present at Honolulu, the capital of 
the Hawaiian Islands, February, '74, when the riot occurred at 
the election of Prince Kalukana as king, and landed a force of 
160 officers, seamen, and marines from the Tuscarora and 
Portsmouth, and dispersed the rioters, receiving the thanks of 
the king and the legislative assembly therefor ; ordered to com- 
mand the U. S. S. Oiiio, Boston, January 1, '75, and commis- 
sioned post captain, which grade in the navy corresponds to 
that of colonel in the army ; March, '75, owing to ill-health, 
due to exposure on sounding expedition, was obliged to go 
South, and was ordererl as captain of the yard, navy yard, 
Pensacola ; June, '75, appointed member of the annual board of 
visitors to the naval academy, October, '75 ; ordered to acad- 
emy as member of a board to examine two classes of midship- 
men for promotion ; member and president of several courts- 
martial ; recently elected a Fellow of the American Geographi- 
cal Society ; was awarded a silver medal by the Geograph- 
ical Society of France, at the international geographical con- 
gress, held in Paris, June, 1S75, as a recognition of merit for 
the hydrographical work of the Tuscarora ; May, '76, placed 
on special duty with reference to deep-sea sounding ; author or 
various reports to navy department, of paper on deep-sea sound- 
ings read before the Asiatic Society of Japan, and of letters 
from China and Siam, etc. [See Literature.] He m., Dec. 23, 
1S61, Ellen D., dau. of Dr. Isaac A. Reed, d. Oct. 2S, 1S65 ; 
m., 2d, Dec. 8, 1866, Fanny G. Prescott, at Calcutta, India. 

Alice Maud, b. April 29, 1863. Prescott Hartford, b. Mar. 16. 1S69. 
Reginald Kowait, b. ]\ii\*i 26, 1%-ji. Grafton McAllaster, b. July 14, 




Levi Bennett, a miller and farmer, b. Oct. 27, 1816, at 
Canterbury ; came from Tilton to this town in May, 1S69, and, 
in connection with William Woodbury, purchased the village 
grist-mill, the firm doing a thriving business. He m.,June 2, 
1842, Eliza M. Rogers, of Northfield ; m., 2d, Mar. 2, 1S75, 
Arzelia Whipple, dau. of Abner Whipple; r. at the Whipple 
place on East mountain. 

Ellen M., b. July i, 1844; m. Dr. J. C. Foster, of Canterbury. 
Frank D., b. Apr. 11, 1846; m. Nellie Currier, of GihTianton : r. at 

Emma F., b. Feb. 17, 1858. 


Allen W. Bingham, b. Feb. 28, 1825, at Lempster ; was 
for several years here engaged at tanning with Jabez Thomp- 
son, a brother-in-law, at the upper tannery. He went from 
this town to Pottsville, N. Y., but returned to Lebanon, in this 
state; now r. at Bristol ; m., Apr. iS, 1S49, Elvira F. Thomp- 
son, dau. of Moses Thompson, of this town, b. Dec. 19, 1S26. 

Edward Allen, b. Jan. 26, 1850; a tinsmith; m., Mar. 6, 1878, Iva B. 

Underbill, of Concord; r. at East Boston, Mass. 
Fred {t\N\n), b. July 7, 1852; a tinsmith; m., Sept. i, 1874, Lizzie L. 

Morse, of Bristol ; r. at Bristol. 
Frank (twin), b. July 7, 1852; a harness-maker; r. at Bristol. 
Hatlie J., b. Jan. 17, i860. V. Mand, b. Oct. 2, 1864. 

Mary E.,h. May 25, 1868. 


Jonathan Blake, a stone-mason, b. June 4, 1817, at Hamp- 
ton ; came to tliis town from Newburyport, Mass., in 1859 ' '^^* 
Hannah Thompson ; m., 2d, Emily M. Hay ; m., 3d, Philinda 
F. Alexander. 

Fra7ik P., b. Nov. ir, 1853. Annali L., b. Dec. 26, 1855. 

Horace B., h. June 10, 1859. Francis, b. Sept., i860. 

Emi'ly M., b. Apr. 18, 1863. Charles, b. Jan. 11, 1S68. 

Ernest, b. Nov. 11, 1873; d. Feb., 1876. 



Joel Blood, a tanner, s. of Lemuel Blood, h. Sept. 8, 1835, 
at Goshen ; came to this town in 1858 ; m., Dec. 25, 1854, ^^' 
lissa Graves, dau. of Benjamin Graves, of Unity. His father 
had twenty-three children, and his wife's father had twenty- 
one. It may be safely affirmed that this couple have more 
brothers and sisters than any other in town — forty-four in all. 

Addie M., b. July 5, 1859. Hallie 7., b. Dec. 8, 1867. 

Moody E. Blood, a joiner, a brother of Joel, b. Nov. 28, 
1837; came here in 1S66; lives on the C. C. Winter place in 
the south part of the village. He had been seven years in the 
lumber trade in California. M., Jan. 22, 1S67, Harriet L. Reed, 
dau. of Andrew J. Reed. 

Willie A'., b. Sept. 10, 1869. Carrie B., b. Aug. 9, 1873. 


Francis Boardman, b. in 1810, a native of Lyndeborough ; 
came to this town, with his family, from Francestown, in the 
fall of 1S39. He has been engaged in various kinds of business ; 
served as deputy sheriff several years ; chairman board of se- 
lectmen six years, — 1S60-62, 1S64, 1875, and 1876; served as 
assistant assessor of internal revenue for the third collection 
district of New Hampshire eight years, and was elected county 
commissioner in 1876. ^L^rried Sarah E. Bradford, dau. of 
Rev. Moses Bradford, of Francestov^m, who died in 1845 ; m., 
2d, in 1849, Susan J. Hazen, of Norwich, Vt., b. 1825. Had 
two ch. by first wife. 

James Henry Boardman, s. of Francis Boardman, b. Aug. 
6, 1831, at Francestown; was educated at Newport academy; 
merchant in Keokuk, Iowa ; m. Anna Kelsey, of Chicago, 111. ; 
has two dau<'hters. 

Moses Bradford Boardman, s. of Francis Boardman. b. at 
Francestown, May 35, 1833 ; fitted for college at Kimball Union 
Academy, and graduated at Amherst college, in the class of i86q ; 



studied two years at the Union Theological Seminary, New 
York, and one year at the Andover Theological Seminary, 
graduating in the class of 1S63. Ordained and installed at 
Lynnfield Centre, Mass., as pastor of the Evangelical Congre- 
gational church, Oct. i, 1S63 ; dismissed, Nov. 7, 1870, to ac- 
cept a call to Brimheld, Mass., where he was installed Dec. i, 
1S70. He afterwards travelled in Europe. Married Ellen E. 
Barbour, of Harwinton, Conn. ; had three sons and one daughter. 


Abiatiiar Bowmax, one of our most substantial farmers, re- 
markable for his tenacious memory and sound judgment, was a 
native of Lexington, Mass., b. Feb. iS, i759- At the age of 16 
he became a soldier in the Revolution, in company with his 
father, Capt. Jonas Bowman. They removed to Henniker, N. 
H., and from thence Abiathar came to this town, Apr. i, 1796, 
and settled on the H. Sprague farm, in the west part of the town, 
now occupied by William O. Chapin, where he d. Apr. 3, 1S34. 
He m. Thankful Rice, of Henniker, b. Mar. 31, 1764, who d. 
July 6, 1S34. 

Lovell, a clothier, b. Aug. 5, 1783; d. Oct. 24, 1831; m. Betsey Perry. 

Zadoc, a farmer, b. Feb. 12, 1785; d. Nov., 1S38; m., Oct. 30, 1807, 
Anna Hurd. 

Aztiba, b. May 2, 1787; d. 1831 ; m. Samuel Church, Jr. 

Jabez, a farmer; b. Oct. 18, 1789; d. Dec. 17, 1843. 

Ascnath, b. Jan. 24, 1791; d. Apr. 20, 1868; m. Thomas Wait. 

Zilpha, b. Dec. 6, 1793; d. Mar. 12, 1829; m. Hon. Jeremiah D. Net- 

f Brooks, b. Aug. 9, 1795 ; d. Oct. 28, 1863. 

Abijah, a merchant; b. Oct. 25, 1797; d. June 28, 1831. 

Nobby, b. Aug. 20, 1799. 

Bela, b. Apr. 6, 1801 ; d. Mar. 2, 1828; a physician; studied his pro- 
fession with Dr. Adams, of Barton, Vt. ; graduated at Dartmouth 
Medical College, and settled at Glover, Vt. 

Sally, b. Apr. 20, 1803. 

Abiathar, b. Mar. 6. 1804; d. Sept. 28, 1825. 

RuelR.,^ farmer, b. Oct. 30, 1806; m. Hannah M. Goodwin; r. at' 
Claremont. Ch., Selwin R. 

Brooks Bowmax, s. of Abiathar, a physician ; studied his 
profession in Canada ; attended Dartmouth Medical College, and 
became eminent in his profession in Canada and at the West ; 
m. Eliza Ward, of New York. 


Ahiathar and Ruel R., d. in early manhood. 

Mary A'., m. W. G. Miller, n. n., of Milwaukee, Wis., a presiding elder, 
and the author of " Milwaukee Methodism." 

Laura K., m. Hon. Cushman K. Davis, of St. Paul. Minn., a distin- 
guished lawyer, wlio was general's aid during the Rebellion, and 
governor of the state in 1873 ^"d 1874. 

Baxter Bowman, a brother of Abiathar, lived on the J. Ba- 
ker farm in the west part of the town ; moved to Claremont. 


SiiKPiiERD L. BowEK-s [see Lawyers], m., Sept. 28, 1S59, 
Thankful M. Newell, who d. Apr. 16, 1S62 ; m., 2d, Dec. 8, 
1870, Susan E. Cofran, dau. of Nathaniel T. Cofran, of Goshen, 
b. Dec. 15, 1844. 

John, b. Apr. 11, 1862 ; d. young. John Arba, b. Mar. 2, 1S72. 
Lena May, b. June 24, 1874; d. Sept. 18, 1875. 
Harry Natt, b. Sept. 21, 1876. 


Alexander Boyd [see Physicians], m., Dec, 1816, Mar- 
garet Claggett, dau. of Wentworth Claggett, b. Oct. 19, 1791 ; 
m., 2d, Dec. 12, 1S39, Rebecca Claggett, a sister of his former 
wife, b. Nov. 20, iSoo. 

Alexander, b. Sept. 5, 1817; d. 1836. 
Margaret, b. Sept. 8, 1820; d. 1834. 
Jane, b. Jan. 5, 1823; d. Nov. 13, 1839. 
Harriet, b. Feb. 21, 1840; d. Mar. 19, 1841. 


James Breck, b. at Boston, Mass. ; came to Croydon in 
1804, and engaged in trade at the Flat, where he had a success- 
ful business. While there he was one of the most prominent 
and influential citizens of the town. He \vas one of the select- 
men live years, and a representative in 1810 and '11, and again 
in 1813 and '14. He came to Newport in 1816, and erected the 
building now standing at the south corner of Elm and Main 
streets for a store, where he had a thriving business, "Smd accu- 
mulated one of the largest fortimes then in town. While here 
he was a leading man in all public enterprises, in trade, in pol- 


itics, and in the religious society to which he belonged. He was 
a selectman seven years, and a representative in 1823 and 1836. 
He was a trustee of the Newport academy. In connection 
with Josiah Forsaith, he built the Eagle hotel, which for many 
years was the most fashionable house in the county, and added 
much to the attractions of the village. He was one of the com- 
mittee in the erection of the present South Church edifice. 
From tliis town he removed to Rochester, N. Y., where he 
d. at an advanced age in October, 1S71. In iSii, he m. Mar- 
tha Burr, dau. of Capt. Martin Burr, of Croydon. In 1S61 they 
had a brilliant golden wedding. 

Martin Burr, b. Oct. 15, 1812, was educated at the common schools 
and at Newport academy, after which he turned his attention to 
trade. He remained in his fathers store until he had attained to 
his majority. He was afterwards in trade in Croydon and in Bos- 
ton, but soon removed to Rochester, N. Y., where he had a suc- 
cessful mercantile career, and where he remained until his death, 
which occurred Oct. 26, 1876. He m., in 1838, Mary Faxon, of 
Newport, who d. Aug. 22, 1840, aged 27 years; m., 2d, in 1846, 
Susan E. Waters, of Rochester. Had three daughters, one of 
whom m. James H. Kelley, and another, David Hoyt. 

Margaret Ann, b. April 24, 1814; was well educated, and had a taste 
for literature. In 1837, m. H. H. Perkins, and removed to St. 
Croix Falls, Wisconsin, where he d. in 1850, leaving three children. 
The eldest dau. m. W. D. Webb, attorney at Minneapolis, Minn. 
The son, James B., graduated at the Rochester University, after 
which he travelled in Europe. 

Williani, b. Dec. 14, 1816. Had his preparatory training at Kimball 
Union Academy, and was graduated at Dartmouth college in the 
class of 1838, after which he turned his attention to the law. On 
being admitted to the bar, commenced the practice of his profes- 
sion at Rochester, N. Y. He was appointed a consul to China in 
1866, and for several years, with his wife, enjoyed a residence in 
the Celestial Empire. On his return, since the close of the Civil 
War, he has been a planter in Miss. He m. a Miss Williams, of 

James had his preparatory training at Kimball Union Academy, and 
was graduated at Dart. Coll. in 1842. He studied law, and being 
admitted to the bar, removed to Chicago, 111., where he has since 
been in practice. He had a taste for literature, and was an ad- 
mirer of the older poets. 

Mary, the second dau., r. at Rochester, N. Y. 

Francis, the fourth son. is a successful merchant in Cal. ; has been m. 
twice ; has one child. 

Martha, the third dau., m. Wm. F. Cogswell, a lawyer; r. at Roches- 
ter, N. Y. ; has five children. 

Sainuel, the fifth son, a merchant in Cal. ; is m., and has a family of 
six children. 

Ellen, the fourth dau., r. at the homestead at Rochester, N. Y. 


George, the youngest son, is the superintendent at the city hospital at 
Rochester, N. Y. ; m., and has one child. 

Einiita, the youngest clau., m. Geo. W. Richardson, a successful mer- 
chant in the city of New York. 


James Bkickett, a hatter ; s. of James and Anna (Wheeler) 
Brickett ; b. March, 1S06, came to this town from Ilampstead, 
his native phice, and was in business witli Amos Little, a 
brother-in-law. He was a successful business man. lie mov- 
ed to Claremont, where he d. in 1S63. He m. Abigail Emer- 
son, of Hampstead ; m., 2d, Mary Clark Smitli, of Hamp- 
stead. Had a family of chihh'cn. all of whom d. yoimg. 

MooDV Hill Bkickett, a brother of James, b. Oct. 10, 
1S13 ; came to this town in 1831, and was engaged with Little 
& Brickett in the hat business. He has since been at Ware, 
Mass., and Derry, this state. He now r. at Haverhill, Mass. 
M., March 14, 1S39, Laura A. Putnam, of Hampstead. 

yames Thorndike, b. April 5, 1S42; killed on railroad in 1S77; m. 

Mary F. Parker, of Groveland, Mass. 
Albert Cushitig, b. July 15, 1844; m. Anna R. Adams, of Haverhill, 

Mass. ; has two children. 
Calvin Webster, b. Dec. 24, 1S56; m. Anna Furbush, of Elliot, Me. 


Da\id Brown, b. Feb. 29, 174S ; m. Abby P. Fuller. Jan. iS, 
1769, who died Apr. 15, 1796. He came to town in 1775. 

Betty, b. May 18, 1771. Catherine, b. Dec. 9, 1773. 

Josepli. b. Jan. 14, 1775. Molly, b. Apr. 14, 1776. 

David, b. July 14, 1779; d. young. Abigail, b. July 23, 17S1. 
David, b. Mar. 23, 1783. Amos, b. Aug. 6, 1785. 

Jonathan Brown, a native of Boscawen, lived and died on 
the B. Reed fiirm, on the Unity road, now occupied by Curtis 
Kelsey : m., Feb. 19, 1777, Sarah Emery, who d. Apr. 17, 1S36. 
He d.July 26, 1S17. At their wedding the whole town was 
invited ; and two sleighs — all there were in town — and twenty- 
four ox-sleds, conveyed the guests. 

Ruth, 1). Apr. 9, 1778: m. Jonathan Sleeper. 

Mary, b. June 16, 1780. Sally, b.Jan. 2, 1783. 


Judith and Abigail (twins), b. Nov. 28, 1784; d. young. 
Jonathan, b. Jan. 12, 1786; d. Jan. 24. 1S50; m. Irene Way. 
Abigail, b. June 20, 1788; m. Leonard Pike. 
Judith, b. Aug. 20, 1790; m. Eli.sha Gee. 
^Nathan, b. Sept. 12, 1792. 

Nathan Brown, s. of Jonathan Brown, farmer, b. .Sept. 12, 
1792 ; d. Oct. 1 1, 1846 ; lived at the homestead on the Unity road. 
M., Oct. 31, 1816, Matilda Chase, of Unity, sister of Hon. Virgil 
Chase, of Goshen, b. Apr. 13, 179S; d. Jan. 27, 1825. He m., 
2d, Mar. i, 1831, Mrs. Sally Durgin, of West Fairlee, Vt., who 
d. May 16, 1861, aged 57. 

Horace C, b. Oct. 17, 1817; m. in Michigan. Started for Oregon, 
overland ; not heard from since. It is supposed he was murdered 
by the Indians. 

Mary 31. C. h. Oct. 29, 1819; d. Oct. 5, 1826. 

Francis, b. Feb. 14, 1822; m. Mary J. Parker, of Danville; r. at Low- 
ell, Mass., where he is a painter. 

\ Nathan T., b. Apr. 2, 1833. ^Geoige IV., h. May 10, 1835. 

Alonzo, b. May 16, 1837; d. Mar. 28, 1840. 

iMa?y M., b. Apr. 18, 1839; d. young. 

Sarah A., b. Apr. 17, 1842 ; d. at 14. 

Nathan T. Brown, s. of Nathan Brown, b. x\pr. 2, 1833 ; a 
tanner ; was a sergeant in the company of Capt. J. W. Putnam, 
of Cro3-don, during the Rebellion ; was in the Burnside expe- 
dition, and at the fall of Vicksburg. He was appointed mas- 
ter's mate in the navy, and ordered to the Mississippi squadron, 
where he served until the close of the war. jM., Aug. 13, 1S60, 
Rhoda J. Whittaker, of Goshen, b. Aug. 3i, 1S38. 

Arthur, b. May 26, 1861 ; d. young. 

Alice J., b. July 29, 1862. Susie A., b. Aug. 28, 1S70. 

George W. Brown, s. of Nathan Brown, b. May 10, 1S35. 
At 15 ran away, and footed and begged his passage to Boston, 
and there went on board a ship as cabin-boy. At the end of 
five years, after filling various positions, was placed in com- 
mand of a vessel, of three hundred tons, trading with South 
America. In July, i860, having volunteered, was appointed 
master in tiie navy ; commanded a vessel during the bombard- 
ment of Forts Jackson and St. Philip's ; was one of the fleet 
with Gen. Sherman at Vicksburg ; conveyed Gen. Grant to 


Vicksburg wlien he took command; was with tlic Mississippi 
squadron until 1S64, when he was ordered to the South Atlan- 
tic, where he remained until 1S66, when he was discharged. 
He was appointed assistant assessor of internal revenue at 
Brooklyn, N. Y., June 19, 1S69. He fitted out several cargoes 
for the Cubans during their strife, and a line of steamers be- 
tween New York and Washington. Married Mary E. Stain- 
burn, of N. Y. 

George T., b. Oct. 16, i860. Grace S., b. Nov. 7, 1866. 

John Buowx, b. Sept. 12, 1772, in Massachusetts ; came from 
Unity to this town when 10 years of age, and spent tlie re- 
mainder of his minority with Christopher Newton ; m. Phebe 
Wilmarth, b. Feb. 7, 1770, a sister of Daniel, Sen., and lived 
on the M. Hurd farm on the Unity road. 

Eunice, b. June 2, 1795 ; m. Edward Hall. 

Olive, b. Oct. 16, 1796; d. young. 

Richard, b. Apr. 6, 1799; m. Lucinda Travers. 

John Gilbert, b. May 20, 1802. Maria, b. June 25, 1804; d. at 20. 

Josiah Dana, b. Dec. 21, 1806; m. JNIartha Hall, of Croydon. 

\Charles A'., b. Nov. 22, 1810. Seth P., b. Jan. 16, 1815. 

Charles K. Brown, s. of John, m., Jan. 19, 1832, Nancy 
Baker, b. July 17, iSio. Was absent several years, residing in 

\Calvin M., b. Feb. i, 1833. Roxana S., b. Sept. 17, 1834. 

Nathan H., b. Dec. 5, 1836; m., Dec. 4, 1864, L. F. Harvey; r. at 

Isabel M., b. Dec. 2, 1849. Emma A., b. Aug. 21, 1857. 

Calvin M. Brown, s. of Charles K. Brown ; m.. May 10, 
1S54, Aura F. Gillet; m., 3d, Aug. 24, 1S71, Isabel Fraser. 
He is a blacksmith, and an ingenious mechanic. 

Lora E., b. Feb. i, 1856. Edgar P., b. Jan. 18, i860. 

Charles E., b. Aug. 22, 1863. EUha Nona, b. June 22, 1873. 

Thomas Brown, came from Concord, Mass., to Newport in 
1797, and settled on the Rand farm. ISIarried Anna Cutler, of 
Carlisle, Mass. 

Anna, m. Lovell Wheeler. Abigail, ni. Alden Chase, Croydon 

Mary, m. John Fullington, Cambridge, Vt. 


Hial, m. Sally Batchelder, of Sunapee ; ch., Martin V., who m. Mrs. 

Delia Webber. 
Edward, m. Martha Blodget, of Boston. 
Florilla, m. John Brush, Cambridge, Vt. 

Thomas Brown, the second Baptist minister, lived on the 
Benjamin Hastings fl^rm ; came here from Calais, Vt., in 1806, 
and left in 1813. Ch., Betsey; Phebe^ m. Leonard Richards; 
Russell; Lydia^ m. Chauncy Wakefield ; Lucy ; Samuel. 

Simon Brown. [See Press, pages 61 and 62.] 

George R. Brown. [See Lawyers, p. 196.] 

James H. Brown, s. of Aaron and Eadey (Watts) Brown, 
b. Feb. 23, 1840, at Acworth ; came to this town in 1871, and 
was for a time in the hardware trade with Frank A. Sibley. 
Having disposed of his interest in this business, he, in 1873, 
purchased the Phenix hotel, which had previously been kept 
by Calvin H. Whitney, where he has since been a successful 
landlord. The house was nearly new, having all the appoint- 
ments of a modern hotel. Since its purchase he has expended 
some $2,000 in adding to its accommodations and attractions. 
He was educated at Alstead and Marlow academies, and was 
a successful teacher in Acworth and Walpole. He is a brother 
of George R. Brown. 

' t>^ 

HoLLis J. Brow^n, s. of Nathaniel, b. March 26, 1835 ; a 
farmer ; m. Alary Davis, of Sutton, N. H. 

George, b. Feb. 11, 1864. A'ettic, b. July 14, 1S67. 

Fred, b. Dec. 7, 1869. 

Edmund Burke. [For sketch and family, see Lawyers.] 

Martin W. Burke, a clothing merchant; b. Nov. 23, 1827, 
at Boston; came here in 1867, and bought out the cloth- 
ing department in the Richards store. He subsequently moved 
his goods to Eagle block, where he carried on business until 
1878. He was an active worker in the Labor Reform move- 


ment, and was a member of Gov. Weston's stafl". Married 
Mary M. Richards, of Dedluim, Mass., b. March 3, 1S37. 

Isabel, b. May 23, 1857. Edmund C, h. Aug. 9, 1859. 

Fmnklin, b. Nov. 21, 1871 ; d. July, 1872. 
Josephine R., b. July 8, 1875. 


The BuELL race in this country has descended from Will- 
iam Biiell, who came from England to this country in 1630, 
and went with the Rev. Mr. Wareham's party through the wil- 
derness, and settled at Windsor, Conn., in 1635. Those who 
have resided in this town, and who were numerous among the 
early emigrants, came from Killingworth, Conn. 

Gordon Buell, eldest son of Nathan and Thankful (Griffin) 
Buell, was 1). at Killingworth, Conn., Feb. 31, 1752. He was 
an officer during the Revolution ; served under Gen. Gates, and 
was at the battle of Saratoga. He was four years in the war, 
and by his hardships in the service became an invalid for life. 
He came to this town shortly after the Revolution, and settled 
in the eastern part of the town, near East Newport, on the C. 
McGregor farm, now owned by Dr. Thomas Sanborn, where 
he had some four hundred acres of land, and where he devoted 
himself to farming. He m., Apr. 10, 17S3, Martha Whittlesey, 
of Saybrook, Conn., b. Feb. 26, 1751 — a lady of culture, pos- 
sessing an active temperament, and intellectual endowments of 
a higli order — who d. Nov. 35, iSii. 

Charles Whittlesey, b. Sept. 27, 1784; m., Apr. 2, 1S06, Amalinda Al- 
den. Ch., Cynthia Maria, b. Dec. 26, 1806; Sarah Emeline. 

\Horatio, b. Jan. 13, 1787. 

Sarah Joscpha, b. Oct. 24, 178S; m.. Oct. 23, 1813. David Hale, Esq. 
[See notice of Mrs. Hale: also Literature, and Lawyers.] 

Martha Maria, b. Apr. 19, 1793; d. Nov. 25, 1811; unmarried. 

HoR.\Tio Buell, s. of Gordon and Martha (Whittlesey) 
Buell, was b. at Newport. Jan. 13, 1791. He graduated with 
honor at Dartmouth college in 1S09 ; studied law; was ad- 
mitted to the bar, and soon after removed to Glens Falls, N. 
Y., where his coiniiianiling talents and rare acquirements soon 
placed him in the front rank of his profession. He was a man 


of mark and influence in his day ; held in deservedly high con- 
sideration among those who knew him best ; an active politi- 
cian, possessing the rare gift of moulding and moving men to 
his wishes, and having, withal, a high sense of honor and jus- 
tice to guide and control his mental forces. He was for several 
years a judge at Glens Falls. He d. at Ballston, Saratoga coun- 
ty, N.Y., Feb. 27, 1S33 ; m., July 4, 1819, Elizabeth, dau. of the 
late James and Elizabeth (Cameron) McGregor, of Wilton, 
Saratoga county, N. Y. 

■\yames, b. Mar. 23, 1820. 

Horatio Hale, b. July 17, 1821; d. Aug. 22, 1821. 

Martha Maria, b. Aug. 21, 1822; ni., Sept., 1855, Hon. Elias Plumb, 
of Troy, N. Y. ; d. Jan. 31, 1874. 

Elizabeth, b. Mar. i, 1824 ; m., Apr. 24, 1851, Austin W. Holden, M. D. 
Ch., Horatio Buell, b. Mar. 4, 1852 ; Pauline E., b. Nov. 21, 1856, 
who d. Oct. 30, 1857; James Austin, b. Sept. 17, 1861. 

James Buell, s. of Horatio and Elizabeth (McGregor) 
Buell, of Glens Falls, N. Y., and grandson of Gordon and Mar- 
tha (Whittlesey) Buell, of Newport, and a nephew of Mrs. 
Sarah J. Hale, was b. at Glens Falls, Warren county, N. Y., 
Mar. 23, 1820. At the early age of four 3'ears, lost his mother, 
and when but fourteen years old he was left fatherless. Up to 
this latter period he had attended the district schools, and hav- 
ing made good use of his time, and being, besides, an apt, intel- 
ligent boy, had secured an excellent foundation upon which to 
build in later years. The interval from his fourteenth to his 
eighteenth year he spent on the farm of his grandfather, but, 
having no taste for a rural life, abandoned it to enter a dry 
goods store in Troy. After a thorough experience as clerk, at 
twenty-four he entered business for himself in the same city, 
and for eight years was a successful merchant, acquiring a high 
reputation for honesty, fair dealing, and sagacious enterprise. 
At the expiration of this time he was offered, and accepted, the 
position of cashier of the Central Bank of Troy. In this new 
field of duty, his special talent for finance was for the first time 
afforded proper scope for exercise and development. His con- 
nection with this financial institution lasted five years, when he 
received an invitation to go to the city of New York, and fill a 
similar position in the Importers and Traders Bank. He 



accepted tlie flattering invitation, and in 1S57 entered upon his 
duties, succeeding Mr. George R Conover. In this enhirged 
sphere, Mr. Buell displayed a profound knowledge of monetary 
processes, and a keen insight of commercial alVairs. He lal)ored 
zealously and diligently to promote the interests of the bank, 
and in 1S65, at the end of eight years' unremitting exertion, 
was unanimously elected president. The Importers and Tra- 
ders Bank commenced business in 1S55. The first president of 
the institution was Lucius IIf)pkiiis, who held the office ten 
years, Mr. Buell became tiie next president, and under his 
management the bank entered upon an era of prosperity almost 
unexampled. At the time of Mr. Buell's election, the bank 
possessed $iSo,ooo, and the market value of its shares was S 
per cent above par. During the twelve years of his chief man- 
agement, the surplus has been augmented gradually, till it now 
reaches the grand total of $1, 60S, 000, During the same period, 
the market value of the stock has nearly doubled, while for 
nearly five years past an annual dividend of 14 per cent, has 
been paid the stockholders. The capital stock of the bank 
amounts to $1,800,000, and its note circulation, under the na- 
tional banking act, to about $1,100,000. A distinctive feature of 
the institution is its allowance of interest on accounts of banks 
and bankers. Under this wise system the deposits have reached 
the enormous aggregate of $18,500,000, an amount greatly in ex- 
cess of that held by any other bank in the United States. No more 
marked attestation of Mr. Buell's ability as a financier and ex- 
ecutive need be adduced than the high degree of prosperity upon 
which the bank entered immediately after he assumed its man- 
agement. A strong proof of the economy with which its atTairs 
have been conducted exists in the fact, that upwards of twenty 
millions of dollars are kept on loan, at a cost, for supervision, 
security, and selection, which, if computed, would be found not 
to exceed one fortieth of one per cent, on the aggregate of cur- 
rent transactions. In 1S74, when the demoralized condition of 
the national currency called imperatively for special legislation, 
the congressional committee on banking and currency invited 
Mr. Buell to visit Washington, and unfold his views of a proper 
remedial policy before that body. In 1S75, Mr. Buell's finan- 
cial plan received the substantial endorsement of incorporation 


into the currency measure proposed by the senior member from 
Ohio, — the present secretary of the treasury, — and known as 
the Sherman bill. In addition to his presidency of the Impor- 
ters and Traders Bank, Mr. Buell is also a director of the Fifth 
Avenue Bank; he is also president of the United States Life 
Insurance Company. The management of this latter institution 
evinces alike his characteristic energy and wisdom. He w'^as 
mainly instrumental in originating and sustaining the American 
Bankers' Association. He is a large landholder, and has an in- 
terest in railroads. 

The following summary is taken from the N. Y. Era^ of 
Nov. 9, 1S7S: 

"James Buell is president of the Importers and Traders' 
Bank, which has become one of the strongest banks in the city 
under his management; president of the United States Life 
Insurance Company, which he has strengthened in the same 
way; an officer and a leading spirit in the National Bankers' 
Association, which spreads its arms all over the United States ; 
a forcible and clear writer on finance ; and last, but by no 
means least, the possessor of a private fortune estimated at five 
million dollars. Mr. Buell is of medium height, stout build, 
pleasant face, with sharp eyes, and a reserved manner." 

He m., Sept. 14, 1S46, Pauline Spencer, of Troy, N. Y., b. 
Nov. 27, 1S23, d. Jan. 14, 1853 ; m., 2d, Aug. 7, 1S56, Electa 
B. Kellogg, b. Sept. 19, 1S33 ; no issue. 

Aaron Buell, b. Oct. 3, 1730; one of the early settlers; 
came from Killingworth, Conn., in October, i77-- ^^^ house 
was in the orchard planted by him more than one hundred 
years since, on the hill west of the brickyard, near the B. W. 
Jenks house. He was a prominent man, and held many re- 
sponsible positions. He was a moderator sixteen years, and a 
selectman eight years. M., Dec. 26, 1754, Hannah Post; m., 
2d, Amy Park. 

ElizabetJu b. Nov. 26, 1755; ™- April 24, 1780, Giles Kelsey. 
Margary, b. July 30, 1759; "">• Wm. Stanuard. 
\ Simon, b. Aug. 29, 1761 . 


yohii, b. May 31, 1764 ; lived on Buell hill, above the T, Herrick place ; 

m. Oct. 9, 17S3, Abigail Kelsey, of Killingworth, Conn.; no 

\ Aaron, b. March 2r, 1767. Hannah, b. April 14, 1769. 

Snrox Buell, s. of Aaron Buell : m., Nov. 15, 17S6, Han- 
nah Graves, of Walpole, b. at Gilford, Conn., Nov. 8, 1762. 

Meigs, b. Feb. 10, 1788. Levi, b. July 14, 1789. 

Aarox Buell, s. of Aaron Buell, b. March 21. 1767, was a 
farmer, and lived on the place since occupied by Wm. Reed, a 
son-in-law. Married Ivlabcl Ncttleton, dan. of Jeremiah Nettle- 

yerciniah, b. Dec. 14, 1792 ; m. Emeline Bennett, and went to Ohio. 

Lucy, b. Dec. 30, 1794; d. of small-pox in 1838. As this was the first 
case of the disease in town, it occasioned much alarm. The road 
was fenced up. The public travel was in the lots as far away from 
the residence as possible. Upon her death she was buried on the 
hill, east of tlie house, the spot now marked by a wooden enclosure. 

Ilnnna/i, b. March 20, 1797; remained at the homestead; d. 1S63; un- 

Betsey P., b. April 26, 1799; "''• Harvey Child, of West Fairlee, Vt. 

Cliariiy, b. April 26, 1801 ; m. Luther Reed. 

Mabel, b. April 8, 1803 ; m. Wm. L. Reed ; r. at homestead. 

^Matthew I^uell came from Somers, Conn., to this town, 
with his family, in 1781. He was a man of influence and an 
ardent patriot. At the first sound of war he left his plow in 
the furrow, and hastened to the defence of his country. He 
was at the battle of Bunker Hill. He raised a company for the 
Revolution at Somers, and was appointed a lieutenant. In Oc- 
tober, 1756, he m. Mary Kibbie, a lady of superior education 
and intelligence, and who from early life cultivated t!ie happy 
faculty of always looking upon the bright side of everything, 
and hence lived to enjoy the glories of one hundred and two 
summers, and d. in 1S42. They removed to Orwell, \'t., in 
1800, where he d. four years after. They were among those 
who first united to form the Congregational church. 

\Maitheiu, b. Feb. 25, 1758. 

Ma>y, m.. May 25. 1784, John Silver; went to Cass county, Mich. 

Joanna, m. Nathan Call; m., 2d, Amos Eastman. 


Danich m., Sept. 6, 1782, Eunice Bascom. He was a Revolutionary 
soldier; went to Orwell, Vt. Ch., Lois, b. March 13, 1783; Ru- 
fus, b. Dec. I, 17S4; Eunice, b. Feb. 15, 1787. 

Matthew Buell, s. of Matthew and Mary (Kibble) Buell, 
was b. at Somers. Conn., Feb. 25, 175S ; came to this town when 
twenty years of age. He was a soldier in the Revolution, and 
was an eminent singing-master in his day. He settled on the 
J. Perry farm, now occupied by H. Stearns, on East mountain. 
Married jSIary Nevers, of Springfield, Mass., b. Aug. 21, 1757. 
See Music. 

John, b. Dec. 3, 1777. Hannah, b. Sept. 15, 1785. 

Lucretia, b. July i, 1787; m., Feb. 21, 1808, John Dunklee. 
^Matthew, b. Nov. 5. 1790. A'athan, b. Jan. 6, 1792. 

\Da)iiel, b. March 29, 1794. Maiy. b. April 13, 1797. 

Matthew" Buell, s. of Matthew and Mary (Nevers) Buell, 
was of the third generation, his father and grandfather both 
having come to this town. He was exact and scrupulous in 
all his habits of life and business. He was a good former, and 
a lover of books. He resided at the old homestead on the J. 
Perry place, on East mountain, now occupied by Henry 
Stearns. Married Sibyl Andrews, of Hillsborough, Nov. 22, 
1813 ; m., 2d, July 21, 1817, Sally K. Martin, of Haverhill, 
Mass. ; m., 3d, Dec. 23, 1823, Fanny P. Russell, of this town. 
He d. March 6, 1847. 

Sibyl A., b. Dec. 13, 1817; m., Feb. 11, 1836, Leander Long. 

Maiy L., b. May 11, 1819; m., Sept. 28, 1840, Charles H. Brown, of 

Manchester, a brother of Hon. Simon Brown. Ch., Augustus L., 

d. in army; Mary Isabel, b. March 9, 1847. 
^Oliver M., b. Jan. 30, 1821. 
Sarah J/., b. Nov. 6. 1822; m. November, 1847, Ezra Buss; r. at 

Springfield, O. Ch., Edward D., a banker at Springfield, O. ; 

Mary, a teacher. 
Caroline E., b. Nov. 17, 1824; d. May 30, 1839. 
Margaret P., b. July 6, 1826; m., June 19, 1873, Daniel F. Patch. 
Helen M-, b. Dec. 8, 1828 ; r. at Boston, with a sister. 
Maria A., b. July 30, 1830; m., Feb. 24, 1850, Wm. H. Merriam, a 

merchant, at Boston. Ch., Fanny Elizabeth, b. July 3, 1864. 
^George E., b. Jan. 13, 1833. 
Catherine A., b. May 3, 1835 ; d. in i860. 
Frances M., b. March 15, 1837; m. Sept. 11, 1859, Rufus C. Dresser; 

r. at E. Hampton, Mass. Ch., William, b. September, 1873. 
\Henry A., b. Nov. 13, 1839. ^Charles E., b. Oct. 28, 1842. 

Ered C, b. Nov. 28, 1843; d. young. 
Carrie E., b. Aug. i, 1847; m., Feb. 6, 1867, Charles H. Kelsey. 


Olivrr M. Buell, s. of Matthew and Sally K. (Martin) 
Buell, 1). Jan. 30, 1S21 ; remained at tlic old homestead on 
East mountain for a number of years, engaged in farming, aftei" 
which, he went to Lawrence, Mass., where he was engaged in 
trade until his death, which occurred in July, 186S. Married 
Abbie N. George. 

Cora, b. June, 1855. 

Geokge E. Buell, s. of Mattliew and Fanny P. (Russell) 
Buell, b.Jan. 13, 1S33. At the age of 14 was left fatherless; 
at 16, engaged himself to work in the factory of Coffin & Gootl- 
rich in this town. On attaining to his majority, he went to the 
West, where he was engaged iii farming for three years, but 
Providence not smiling upon this enterprise, he abandoned it 
and returned East; soon went to Franklin, in this state, where 
he has since been engaged in the manufacture of knit goods, 
under the firm name of Walter Aiken. They employ one hun- 
dred hands, and do an extensive business, which has been pe- 
cuniarily so successful as to enable them to amass handsome 
fortunes. Mr. Buell was the projector of the knitting business, 
and has had the entire management of it. Mr. Aiken, beino- 
a machinist and practical engineer, has had his thoughts turned 
in other directions. Mr. Buell has for several years been a mem- 
ber of the Board of Education, and was an active mover in the 
project of grading the schools at Franklin, and in erecting the 
beautiful and substantial building for the accommodation of the 
various grades of the schools ; is a member of the First Baptist 
church, and has taken a deep interest in its afiairs, contributino- 
a very valuable bell, the presence of which was first announced 
to the town and church by its ringing, and he has, in various 
other ways, been a liberal promoter of its interests. In 1S7S 
he erected one of the finest business blocks in Franklin. He 
was educated at the district school, and at Tubbs academy at 
Washington ; was a soldier three years ; enlisted as a musician 
in the ist Mass. Volunteers under Col. Cowdin. M.. Jan. 9, 
9, 1S55. Elvira M. Brown. 

Acidic, b. Oct. 7, 1859. 

Henry Augustus Buell, s. of Matthew and Fanny P. (Rus- 


sell) Buell, b. Nov. 13, 1S39. ^^ 7 years of age his fother died ; 
remained at the homestead until he was iS, and managed the 
farm work for his mother, going to school in the winter, and 
attending a few terms at Newport academy. He then went to 
Lawrence, Mass., entering the store of Oliver M. Buell, his 
brother, as a clerk, where he remained seven years. Oliver's 
health failing at this time, he sold out his business. In the 
same year (1865) Henry commenced business for himself, form- 
ing a partnership with Elvin Eastman, which continued ten 
years. He then purchased the interest of Mr. Eastman, and 
organized a new firm with the name of H. A. Buell & Co., be- 
ing associated witli Charles H. Hartwell and John L. Lamprej', 
Mr. B. owning one half of the concern. They are doing a 
large business, and have been financially successful. He en- 
listed in the 41st Mass. Regt., but did not serve, being rejected 
on account of physical disabilities. M., June 12, 1S67, Sophia 
F. McFarlin. 

Charles F. Buell, s. of Matthew and Fanny P. (Russell) 
Buell, b. Oct. 28, 1S42 ; r. at Franklin, and is one of the over- 
seers in the establishment of his brother George ; was one of 
the very first soldiers to enlist in the army during the Rebellion ; 
was in the first regiment of volunteers, and served under Col. 
Tappan. M., Sept. 16, 1S63, Emma J. Colby. 

Etta G., b. May i, 1865. 

Daniel Buell, s. of Matthew and Mary (Nevers) Buell, b. 
March 29, 1794; d. March 3, 1S41 ; lived at the H. Comstock 
place, now occupied by David Gamash ; m., Feb. 13, 1S19, 
Abigail W. Holden, of Tyngsborough, Mass., b. Feb. 14, 1800. 

Eliza A., b. Jan. 2, 1820. Charles H., b. Aug. 4, 1821. 

Jo/ui H., b. March 28, 1823. James F., b. March 11, 1825. 

IViUiam P., b. Nov. 11, 1826. Horace P., b. July 12, 1828. 

Mary A., b. Dec. 2, 1830. Daniel PV., b. Jan. 7, 1834. 
Martha J., b. Aug. 29, 1835. 

Daniel D. Buell, of Killingworth, Conn.; m., April ii, 
1782, Preserve Phelton, at Unity. 

Daniel, b. at Newport, Dec. 9, 1782. 
Parker, b. at Newport, March 4, 1784. 


Abraham Buell, b. Aug. 17, 1753, at Killingworth, Conn. ; 
m. June 24, 1779, Ruth Towner, of Haddam, Conn., b. March 
23, 1757; lived on the Reuben Haven farm. He d. .Sept. 22, 
1804. Most of the children went to Crown Point, N. Y., and 
then West. 

Sally, b. Feb. 29, 1780. Sene, b. Sept. 20, 1781. 

Anna, b. Dec. 19, 1782. Ruth, b. Dec. 13, 1784; d. 1788. 

Florinda, b. Feb. 4, 1787. Fanny, b. June 12, 1789. 

yoel, b. June 12, 1789. Ezra, b. May 26, 1791. 

Shalan, b. June 15, 1793. Benjamin, b. May 5, 1795. 
Abraham, b. June 9, 1777 ; d. 1797. Harriet, b. Feb. 17, 1799. 
Mahala, b. Oct. 13, 1802. 

Nathan Buell, b. Jan. 6, 1792; d. Aug. 30, 1S30; m. Eu- 
siba Hurd, b, March i, 1791. 

Lucinda, b. Jan. 13, 181 1. 

There was a family of Buells on East mountain. 

Joseph Buell, the father, lived on the L. W. Darling farm. 
His son yoscph lived on the W. Badger farm, on the north 
side of Thatcher hill, Asa and jfonathan went West. Chalker 
lived at home with his father, and m. Sally Noyes. 

John Buell, 2d, son of Joseph ; lived on the E. D. Whipple 
farm ; m. Lucy Stevens. 

Emma S., b. July 8, 1800. Oliver S., b. Aug. 8, 1801. 

John, b. June 28, 1804. Beta, b. Dec. 18, 1805. 

Albert, b. April 8, 1807. Sylvanus, b. Oct. 11, 1811. 


George W. Britton, b. May 20, 1S37, ^^ Walpole ; was 
educated at Powers' Institute, at Bernardston, !Mass., and at 
Dartmouth college, after which he was engaged for several 
years in teaching; came to this town, from Surry, in the spring 
of 1S75, and has here been engaged in various kinds of trade. 
While at Surry he was superintending school committee for a 
number of years, and held various other town offices. In 1S7S 
he was elected a member of the Board of Education of this 


town. He m., April 5, 1S63, Sarah Harvey, of Surry, b. Oct. 
24, 1S36. 

Arthur Harvey , b. Sept. 28, 1865. Stella May, b. May 20, 1868. 
Sydney, b. May 20, 1868 ; d. Dec. 8, 1875. 
Gej-trude Eliza, b. July 10, 1871 ; d. Nov. 14, 1875. 


Nathan Call, s. of Silas, and grandson of Moses ; b. 1770 ; 
d. March 10, 184S; came to town about 1790, from Boscawen, 
and settled first on the R. Cutts farm ; afterwards moved to the 
village, but spent most of his life on the H. Call place. He 
was a deputy-sherift", and a man of independent thought. He 
m. Joanna Buell, who d. April 23, 1849. She was dau. of Mat- 
thew Buell, I St. 

Liicv, m., Aug. 27, 1792, Oliver Buell. He d. 1825. Ch., Oscar, Car- 
los P., Oliver, Darwin. She r. in Wis. 
^Stephen, b. Jan. 13, 1794. ^Calviti, b. July 30, 1796. 

Sophia, b., May, 1797; m., 1822, Jeremiah Stanard ; went to Mich. 
Eitince, m. John Wilmarth ; r. in Mich. 
Hial, b. Dec. 4, 1805 ; d. at 20. 

Stehen Call, s. of Nathan ; b. Jan. 13, 1794; has been an 
industrious and thriving farmer ; spent most of his life at the 
homestead on the Unity road ; m. Polly Dunham, who d. April 
28, 1850; m., 2d, Mar. 31, 1S53, Clarissa Whittier, of Enfield. 
Ch. by first wife : 

Hannah, b. April 10, 1828; m. Alvah Paul; m., 2d, Reuben Ainger; 
ch. by first husband, Lillia A., b. June 12, 1854; Alvah G., b. 
Oct. 26, 1856. 

\Hial, b. July 3, 1829. 

Olive, b. Oct. 6, 1830 ; m. Reuben W. Gunnison, a teacher and fanner; 
r. in Iowa. 

George, b. March 23, 1832; m. Maria Moody; r. at San Luis Obispo, 
Cal. ; ch., Wallace, Leonard. 

Henry, b. July 28, 1833 ; m. and r. at Santa Cruz, Cal. ; has four chil- 

Jatnes, b. Aug. 22, 1835 ; m. Betsey Howe; went to Utah; not heard 
from since; ch., Ina. 

Nathan W., b. June 13, 1837; went to Santa Cruz, Cal. 

Silas B., b. Nov. 4, 1838 ; a saddler ; learned his trade with E. Wheel- 
er ; m. Emma Snell ; has a prosperous business in San Luis Obis- 
po, Cal. ; ch., Reuben. 

HiAL Call, s. of Stephen ; b. July 3, 1S29 ; m., Dec. 7, 




1850, Sarah J. Bean, of Concord, b. July 25, 1S2S ; r. at the J. 
Loverin phice, Croydon. 

Albro R., b. Jan. 20. 1852 ; ni. Sarah D. Gushing; r. at Freeport, Me. 
Maria E., b. April 30, 1853. Mitchell H., b. Jan. 29, 1856. 

G. Woodbury, b. Nov. 26, 1858. Charles H., b. Jan. 24, 1862. 
Litcy E., b. Jan. 9, 1864. Pembrook, b. June 11, 1867. 

Daisy M., b. Nov. 28, 1869. Martha A., b. Feb. i, 1872. 

Calvin Call, s. of Nathan ; b. July 30, 1796 ; was a soldier 
in the war of iSi3, and continued in the army some seven 
years; was also an adjutant in the state militia; m. Eliza 

Joseph, h. Oct. 9, 1835; m. Phebe Call, of New London; r. at home- 

Mary, b. Jan. 9, 1837. 

Sylvester, b. June 5, 1839; m. Mary Walker. 

Oliver, b. Feb. 16, 1842 ; a joiner; m. Mary A. Call, of New London; 
r. at East Newport. 


Henry G. Carleton, b. at Bucksport, Me., Nov. 30, 1813. 
In 1S23 his father, with his family, moved to Sutton, N. H. In 
addition to the educational opportunities offered by the country 
school of half a century ago, he had the advantage of an academ- 
ical training at New Hampton. In Jan., 1S32, he came to New- 
port, and learned his trade as a printer in the office of the New- 
port Spectator ^ihen edited and published by B. B. French and 
Simon Brown. At the expiration of his apprenticeship, he 
went to Boston, where he spent four years in perfecting himself 
in his trade. Having become a thorough printer, and with a 
growing ambition for newspaper work, in Jan., 1S40, in com- 
pany with Matthew Harvey, he purchased from Henry E. Bald- 
win and Samuel C. Baldwin the JVeiv Hampshire Argus and 
Spectator^ which has since been published and edited by the 
firm of Carleton & Harvey. He was register of deeds in 1S44 
and 1S45 ; register of probate for the county of Sullivan in 
1854, '551*56; represented the town of Newport in the leg- 
islature of the state. For a long number of years he was a 
director of the Sugar River Bank, and subsequently of the 
First National Bank of Newport, and is now president of the 
Newport Savings Bank. He has always manifested a lively 


interest in the affairs of the town. He has a sound judgment, 
combined with that substantial conservatism which never leads 
men into hasty and precipitate measures. He m., Dec. I2, 
1S4S, Hannah E. French, of Hopkinton, who d. June 11, 1856, 
at the age of 29 years ; m., 2d, July 3, i860, Mrs. Mary J. Nel- 
son, of Andover, N. H., b. Feb. 10, 1834. 

Fratik //., b. Oct. 8, 1849. [See Literature.] 
George F., b. Oct. 18, 1853; d. Mar. 5, 1855. 


Elkanah Carpenter, s. of Cyril ; b. Aug. 11, 1770; came 
from Attleborough, Mass., in 1794, and settled on the S. H. 
Cutting farm in the north-east part of the town, where he d. 
Oct. 31, 1825, aged 56 years. He was an active and valuable 
member of the Congregational church ; was one of the building 
committee in erecting the present church edifice ; was a thriv- 
ing farmer, and upon his death left a portion of his valuable 
estate to the South church. M., Jan. 9, 1794, Experience 
Sweet, dau. of Dexter and Experience (White) Sweet, who d. 
Oct. 22, 1825. 

Roxey, d. Mar. 6, 1795. 


Thomas Carr, from whom have descended the Carrs, came 
from Bo sea wen. 

Benjamin Carr, s. of Thomas, b. Sept. 26, 1779 ; a native of 
Boscawen ; came here from Boston ; was a colonel of the 31st 
Regiment in 1824. He came here with a pack on his back, axe 
in hand, and went to his wild lot, guided by marked trees, where 
he felled trees, built him a cabin, got in his crop of 13^6, and fi- 
nally settled. The place is now occupied by the fourth genera- 
tion, never having been out of the family. He m. Sally Wilcox, 
a dau. of Hon. Uriah Wilcox. 

Sally Maria, b. Nov. 10, 1812 ; m. Geo. W. Howe. 

Uriah W., b. Oct. 30, 1814; m. Lucretia Russell; ch., William. 

Roxana P., b. July 5, 1819; m. James Heath. 

\Benjavtin F., b. Sept. 16, 1822. 

Frederic, b. April 14, 1825; m. Mary Whitney. 

Owe^i, b. Feb. 3, 1829; d. in DeSoto, Wis., June 18, 1862. 

Frances F., b. Feb. 6, 1832 ; m. R. P. Claggett. 


Benjamin F. Caru, s. of Col. Bcnj. Carr ; b. Sept. 16, 1822 ; 
is a fanner, and occupies the old homestead on Wilmarth 
mountain, in the south part of the town ; m. Alice, dau. ot 
Elisha Bascom, b. Sept. 29, 1S37. 

Fred P., b. June 5, 1861. Alice M., b. Oct. 18, 1863. 

Marcia E., b. Nov. 30, 1870. 

David Caru, s. of Tliomas ; b. May 10, 17S6; d. Dec. i, 
1863 ; lived near the south-west corner of the town. He had a 
large farm, which was well tilled, lie was an expert teamster, 
and drove a team of six fine horses for many years between 
Newport and Boston. He m. Sarah Severns, of Weston, Mass., 
b. Oct. I. 1784, who d. Dec. 14, 1S65. 

] Franc is, b. Feb. 2. 181 1. 

Bt-tsty, b. .May 26, 1812; d. May i, 1845; ni- Benj. M. Dunham. 
Wiliiatn, b. March 20, 1814; d. July 26. 1848; m. Marian Chandler. 
David L., b. July 12, 1816; m. Mary Ilurd ; ch., David H., b. April 

22, 1856; Mary E., b. May 6, 1859. 
Sarah S., b. June 6, 1818 ; m., Nov. 22. 1844, Lyman M. Fletcher. 
Elmira, b. Oct. 18, 1820; m. Frederick Aiken. 
Charlotte L., b. April 14, 1822; d. Sept. 26, 1867. 
Charles P., b. Sept. 28, 1826; m. Emily Glidden ; lives at Unity. 

Francis Carr, s. of David Carr; b. Feb. 2, iSii ; a farmer; 
lives on the new road to Claremont, at the foot of Mt. Tug ; m. 
Clarissa Butterfield. 

Jane, b. July 7, 1848; m. John Marshall. 
Charlotte, b. Aug. 7, 1850. 

William Carr, s. of Thomas ; lived on the Unity road ; was 
a soldier in the war of 18 12, and was a thriving farmer. By 
the donation of $1,000 be fountled the '"Carr scholarship " at 
Dartmouth college. He was b. Dec. 14, 1790, and d. March 11, 
1868. Had no issue. M., Nov. 20, 1816, Mary Davis, b. 
April 5, 17S7, who d. Aug. 7, 1S53. 

Joseph Farmkr Carr, s. of Thomas'; b. Oct. 3, 1795 ; lived 
on Ptke hill ; m. Clarissa Hall, of Deering, who d. March 28, 
1S67, aged 72 years. 

Otis F., 1). Feb. 10, 1823; m. Ann E. Wheeler. 
David E., b. Sept. 26, 1826; m. Martha Griffin. 


Olive A., b. September, 1827; m. B. Kimball; ch., Clara B. 

Sarah R., b. Sept. 30, 1824; m. Frank Bartlett, of Sunapee ; ch., Ina, 
Bertie, Eddie. 

Lyman, b. Jan. 19, 1832; learned the jewellers' trade; in 1857 moved 
to Manchester; m., April 30, 1862, Eurania W. Hill, of South 
Paris, Me., b. Oct. 21, 1841 ; ch., Herbert A., b. May 15, 1868. 

Hial, b. Feb. 4, 1834; m. Henrietta Thurber; ch., Ida. 

Mary J.^ b. Aug. 21, 1837; m. George E. Sanborn; ch., Lillie. 

John Cakr, b. Nov. 36, 1S02 ; came from West Newbury, 
Mass., in 1S42 ; lives on East mountain ; m. Drucilla Blaisdell. 

Abbie, b. Dec. 4, 1827; m. Frank R. Moore. 

Alfred A., h. April 13, 1829, d. at 18. 

Ainatida, b. Dec. 5, 1831 ; d. at 16. 

Moses, b. June 19, 1835. 

Isaac B., b. Dec. 23, 1841 ; d. July 8, 1878. 

Caroline D., b. June 29, 1844; m. Henry Maxfield, of Goshen. 

Frances A., b. Nov. 24, 1850; m. Wm. Karr. 


Jeremiah Carter, a lumber-dealer; b. June 6, 1830; came 
here from Boscaw^en in 1871 ; m., Aug. 19, 1855, Cordelia 
Wells, of Plymouth, N. H., b. Mar. 11, 1837. ^^ ^'^''^^ several 
years engaged in trade in this town in connection with Jona- 
than Barnard. 


Harvey Case, a farmer ; came from Claremont in 1S48, and 
settled in the Bascom neighborhood, near the school-house in 
District No. 13. Married Catherine Butterfield ; m., 2d,Jea- 
nette Howe, dau. of Stephen Howe. 

\Ervin T., h. Nov. 4, 1840. 

R2ifiis P., b. June 8, 1850; a printer; went to Cuba for his health, and 
d. in 1875. 

Ervin T. Case, s. of Harvey; b. Nov. 4, 1840; came from 
Claremont to this town, with his father's family, in 1848, and 
here spent the remainder of his minority. He earl}' enlisted 
into the army during the Rebellion, and was promoted to the 
rank of captain. He turned his attention to the legal profession ; 
attended the law school at Alban}', N. Y., and was admitted to 
the bar in this town in 1865 ; in the following year opened an 
ofhce at Providence, R. I. He is a director of the city library; 


was appointed judge in 1S69; and was a member of the city 
council in 1S71 and 1S72. He m. Martha S. vShattuck, of this 
town, b. Mar. 2, 1S37, '^'^"J '^'^^ ^'^"'' children. 


Daniel George Ciiadwick, s. of John Langdon Chad wick, 
of New London ; b. Oct. 3, 1S39; came to this town April 6, 
1S69. He opened the first permanent meat-market in town, 
keeping it in operation the whole year — a business which he has 
since continued. Is now (1S7S) a selectman. M., Nov. iS, 
1867, Nellie M. Harwood, of Hopkinton. 

George L., b. Mar. 26, 1870. Guy D., b. Oct. 8, 1871. 


SiMEOM Chamberlain came from Royalston, Mass., and was 

among the early settlers ; lived on the C. C. Shedd farm in the 

north part of the town. Married Betsey Gould, of Douglass, 


Abigail, b. Feb. 23. 1787; d. at 17. 

Sarah, b. Sept. 22, 1788; d. unmarried. 

Azotes, b. Sept. 11, 1790; m. Phebe Putnam, of Sunapee. Ch., Mary 

A., m. Elijah George; George, killed at 13. 
\Simcon, b. May 12, 1792. \yohn, b. July 22, 1794. 

Simeon Chamberlain, s. of Simeon ; b. May 12, 1792 ; was 
a Baptist clergyman ; m., May 2, 1816, Rhoda Dunham. b.June 
4, 1794, who d. May 22, 1829; m., 2d, Mar. 3, 1S31, Diana 
Daniells, who d. Apr. 29, 1S46. He d. at East Bethel, Vt., 
Feb. 6, 1S35. Ch. by his first wife : 

Simeon, b. Feb. 16, 1817 ; m., Dec. 11, 1850, Mrs. Mary A. Spaulding, 
of Goshen, b. Nov. 5. 1816; d. May 30, 1877. Ch., Lorenzo S., 
b. May 12, 1854; m., Mar, 25, 1873, Mary E. Mummery, of Goshen ; — 
ch., Alton S., b. Feb. 9, 1874; Maurice E., b. July 28, 1875; Viola 
E., b. Jan. 25, 1877. 

John, b. June 9, 1819; d. Sept. 3, 1872; m., Aug. 7, 1859, Louisa 
Huntley, of Lempster. 

Betsey, b. Sept. 9, 1820; d. Nov. 20, 1827. 

Solomon N., b. June 27, 1823; d. 29, 1854. 

Sarah M., a twin, b. July 21, 1825; m. Daniel Severns; he d. May 23, 

Hannah, a twin, b. July 21, 1825; m.. Mar. 7, 1849, Harrison Lamson, 
of Sherburne, Vt. ; she d. NLiy 8, 1859. ^^^ '""^d four children, 
most of them living in Minnesota. 


John Chamberlain, s. of Simeon, Sen. ; b. July 22, 1741 ; 
remained on the homestead. M., Apr. 16, 1822, Martha S. 
Richardson, b. Jan. 30, 1800, at Chester. He d. Aug. i, 1839. 

■\Be/a A'., b. June 14, 1823. 

Rhoda if., b. Aug. 18, 1824; m. N. P. Downs, of Northfield, Mass. 

Ch., Edwin W., b. Feb. 14, 1844, d. in the army; George H., b. 

Dec., 1845; Oscar F., b. Apr. 6, 1849; Martha E.; Alice F. 
Rosette M., b. Apr. 9, 1826; m Otis E. Heath, s. of Rev. Abel Heath. 

Ch., Anna L., b. Feb. 19, 1854; Henry A., b. Mar. 15, 1859; Mary 

L., b. June 23, 1862. 
Elijah Watson, b. Jan. 21, 1831; m. Harriet Scott, of Bernardston, 

Betsey Ann, b. Apr. 4, 1836; m. Otis H. Harding, of Brattleborough, 


Bela N. Chamberlain, son of John, b. June 14, 1823. He 
learned the hatters' trade of Amos Little, and was afterwards 
in business with him. He went to Brattleborough, Vt., where 
he now resides, engaged in the hat and fur trade. M., Oct. 
27, 1S47, H.Jane Cram, b. at Waldo, Me., Apr. 20, 1824. 

Herbert B., b. Aug. 15, 1849. 

y. Henry, b. Dec. 9, 1851; d. Oct. 19, 1861. 

Sarah Ella (twin), b. Sept. 5, 1853 ; d. Nov. 30, 1863. 

Martha Eva, b. Sept. 5, 1853; d. Oct. 16, 1861. 

Ralph Chamberlain, a relative of Simeon, Sen., m. a dau. 
of Theophilus Goodwin, and settled on the O. M. Harding farm. 


Ira F. Chandler, s. of John Chandler, of Goshen ; b. Nov. 
3, 1842 ; came to this town in 1867, and purchased the Randall 
mill in the west part of the town, where he has done an exten- 
sive business. He m., Sept. 22, 1865, Esther Chase, of Goshen, 
b. Sept. 5, 1843 ; m., 2d, Nov. 29, 1870, Nellie Wright, dau. of 
Samuel K. Wright, b. Nov. 13, 1851. He was elected one of 
the supervisors of this town in 1878. 

Herbert C, h. Nov. 19, 1867, John A., b. April 18, 1870. 

A^ellle C.,h. Feb. 29, 1872. 


Joseph T. Chase, b. April 6, 1806 ; came from West New- 
bury, Mass. He was s. of Caleb and Hannah (Carr) Chase. 
He m. Elizabeth D. Allen. He d. 1856. 


^Arthur B., b. Jan. 3, 1833. 

Are/us T., b. Oct. 30, 1835 ; d. June 23, 1854. 

Henry M., b. March 8, 1841 ; prof, of music at Minneapolis, Minn.; 

m. Cornelia .Smith, of .Sprin<(field. 
GeoKi^e A., b. May 6, 1843; "■>• Augusta Eastman, of Greenfield, Mass. 
Helen Frances, b. May 8, 1848; adopted by A. S. Wait, and assumed 

his name; m. .Stephen Vosburg, of Greenfield, Mass.; d. April, 

Joseph E., b. June 17, 1852 ; a printer. 

Arthur B. Chase, s. of Joseph T. Chase; b. Jan. 3, 1S33. 
He was bred to the shoe business, and was in trade at Man- 
chester and in other places. He has for many years been a 
clerk in the Sugar River Mills, a responsible position. He has 
a taste for music. Has been an acceptable town-clerk for sev- 
eral years. He m. Ann Richards, b. Dec. 30, 1S32, dau. of 
Capt. Seth Richards. 

Ethan S. Chase, a brother of Joseph T. ; b. Aug. 11, 
181 1 ; has been engaged most of his life, — a part of the time 
in connection with his son Alvah S., — in the boot and shoe 
trade, and has had a successful business; m. Mary Dodge, of 
Lempster ; m., 2d, Susan D. Hoyt, dau. of Joseph S. Hoyt. 

Marion S., b. Jan. 25, 1840; a graduate of Mt. Hoyoke Seminary. 
Alvah S., b. Dec. 17, 1846. He is in the boot and shoe business with 

his father, in the Chase block, where they have had a successful 

trade. Married Clara Barnard. 
Addie //., b. Dec. 31, 1849; a teacher; graduate at Meriden in 1870. 
Louisa, b. Aug. 19, 1855 ; graduated at Meriden in 1876. 
Nellie G.,\i. Sept. 4, 1862. 

Betsey C. Chase, a sister of Joseph T. ; m. Seth J. Allen. 

Rev. Paul Chase, came from Groton, N. H. ; lived at 
Kelleyville ; m. Deborah Shcdd. 

Nelson Chase, b. June 28, 1S13 ; came to this town from 
New London. A farmer and jobber. He has been one of our 
most industrious and exemplary workers. He pin-chased and 
has resided for several years at the D. Nettleton residence on 
Central street. Married Mary S. Burpee ; m., 2d, Ellen M. 
Bascom, dau. of Elisha Bascom, b. Feb. 5, 1S31. 

Arabella A., b. Feb. 20, 1844; m. \Vm. C. Hurd. 


Ashley y.,h. Aug. 6, 1848; m., Apr. 5, 1876, Anna M.Young, of 

Manchester, where the}' reside. 
Clement B., b. July 14, i860. Myrtha M., b. July 2, 1866. 

LoREN H. Chase, a tailor ; brother of Nelson ; b. July 37, 
1S21, at Deering ; came to Sunapee, at nine years of age, and 
from there to this town in 1S48. He was a merchant tailor, 
keeping a large stock of goods ; was also a horse-dealer. He 
was absent a few years in trade at Fisherville, but returned to 
this town, and d. here. He m. Mary Burpee, of New London, 
d. May 16, 1S49; •^^•' ^^^5 Sarah E. Burton, of Bradford, b. 
March 14, 1S29. 

Maria A., b. Aug. 27, 1845; •^i- Sam Nims, of Keene, a mail agent; 

ch., Addie H., b. Apr. 3, 1867. 
Paysofi, b. December, 1847; d. young. 
Sarah F., b. Aug. 11, 1850; d. young. 
Madora A., b. June 13, 1855 ; m. John F. Byron; m., 2d, Wallace M. 

Burton C, b. Mar. 28, 1859. 


Phineas Chapin, b. in Somers, Conn., Dec. 15, 1755 ; 
settled here in 1780. He was of the fourth generation from 
Dea. Samuel Chapin, who came with his family, in 1630, it is 
supposed, from Wales to Roxbury, Mass. He removed to 
Springfield, in the same state, in 1642. Col. Chapin lived and 
died upon the farm now occupied by Rial Hurd in the north- 
west part of the town. He was a soldier in the Revolution ; a 
colonel in the 31st Regt, of N. H. militia; was prominent in 
town affairs, holding many important offices, and was an active 
member of the Congregational church. The pension which he 
received from the government was for years devoted to the dis- 
tribution of Bibles and Testaments. He m., Jan. 21, 17^5? 
Mary Lane, of Killingworth, Conn., b. Feb. 12, 1762. 

Maty T., b. Nov. 2, 1785. 

Betsey, b. Jan. 8, 1788; m. Reuben Bascom. 

■\Moses, b. Apr. 25, 1790. ^Phineas, b. Jan. 2, 1793. 

Sophia, b. Mar. 29, 1796; m., Oct. 17. 1820, James Baker. 

^Orlando, b. Nov. 10, 1797. \Hemy, b. Apr. 13, 1800. 

Abiah, b. Aug. 23, 1806; a teacher; m., Apr., 1839, ^^^- Albert Hale, 

of Springfield, 111. Ch., Catherine, b. Aug. 4, 1840; Sophia, b. 

Apr. 9, 1843; Albert, b. Oct. 2, 1844. 


Moses Ciiapin, s. of Phiiieas; b. Apr. 25, 1790. M., Mar. 
7, 1815, Lydia Ilurd, b. Oct. 15, 1795, who d. Feb. 23, 1S37. 

Maria7iti, b. May 19, 1816. 

Charlfltte Harriet, b. Mar. 17, 1818; r. at Brattleborough, Vt. 

Samuel Hard, b. Feb. 6, 1820; r. at Dover. 

Rluia, b. Feb. 4, 1822. 

Lucy, b. Dec. 25, 1823 ; r. at Springfield, IlL 

Sophronia, b. July 24, 1825. 

Justina Afc/ross, b. Mar. 5, 1828; m. Mr. Stearns, of Lebanon. 

Sop/i/a, b. Mar. 10, 1830. 

Augusta P., b. May 9, 1832. Arlington Moses, b. Nov. 2, 1834. 

Phineas Chapin, s. of Phineas; b. Jan. 2, 1792; lived on 
the O. Chapin farm in the west part of the town. M., May 
22, 1S17, Lydia Osj^ood, b. Jan. 15, 179S, who d. Jan. 7, 1S5S. 
He d. June 3, 1S56. 

Phineas Lyman, b. July 5, 1818 ; d. at Bloomington, 111., in Sept., 1843. 
Priscilla, b. Mar. 16, 1821 ; m. James Moore, of Erving, Mass. 
\l\'illiam Osgood, b. Feb. 25. 1824. 
Seth Diuigh't, b. Feb. 28, 1826; ni., Apr. 6, 1854, Rowena C. Whitney, 

of Upton, Mass. 
\Bela, b. Feb. 19, 1S29. "^Oliver, b. Feb. 21, 1831. 

Mary, b. Dec. 28, 1834; d. young. 

William Osgood Chapin, s. of Phineas, Jr. ; b. Feb. 25, 
1S24; was bred a famer ; was absent from town several years 
at Charlestown ; now occupies the H. Sprague farm. lie m., 
Oct. 16, 1S53, Lucina D. Powers, of Croydon. 

Bela Chapin, s. of Phineas, Jr. ; b. Feb. 19, 1S29 ; was bred 
a printer ; is now a farmer ; r. at Claremont. M., Mar. 3, 1S5S, 
Sarah C. Melcndy, of Croydon. 

Oliver Chapin, s. of Phineas, Jr. ; b. Feb. 21, 1S31 ; spent 
his minority in this town at farm work ; has for many years r. 
at Acworth, where he has been engaged in the Acworth Boot 
and Shoe Manufactory. He m. Laura Pearsons, of Acworth. 

Orlando Chapin, s. of Phineas, Sr. ; b. Nov. 10, 1797; d. 
Dec. 2, 1S7S. He m.. Mar. 22, 1S22, Pamela Hurd,li. Doc. 17, 
1S02, dau. of Asa. He lived in the west part of the town, near 
the old homestead. 


Calvin N., b. Oct. i8, 1825 ; a man of scholarly tastes ; has for several 
years had charge of the Foreign Missionary House at Boston. He 
m., Oct. 16, 1855, Anna Shears, of Portsmouth, b. May 20, 1855. 

Pamela Abiah, b. Feb. 27, 1831; m., May 31, 1854, Solon Silsby, b. June 
17, 1814, at Claremont. Ch., Eunice, b. May 17, 1857; Stella, b. 
May 2, 1859; George W., b. Apr. 27, 1861. 

Henry Chapin, s. of Phineas, Sen. ; b. Apr. 13, 1800 ; spent 
most of his life at the old homestead in the north-west part of 
the town. He was engaged to some extent in the raising and 
manufacture of silk. He was a deacon in the Congregational 
church. M., Nov. 7, 1S22, Catherine Fisher, b. Jan. 15, 1801. 
He d. Jan. 21, 1869. 

^Charles Henry, b. Sept. 22, 1823. \Natha71iel F., b. Jan. 4, 1830. 
Eunice Catherine, b. Dec. 21, 1833; m. George H. Fairbanks. 

Charles Henry Chapin, s. of Henry; b. Sept. 22, 1823; 
graduated at Dartmouth college in 1S50; read law with Chief- 
Justice E. L. Cushing, of Charlestown, and is in the practice of 
his profession at St. Louis, Mo. Married Sarah A. Nettleton, 
dau. of Aaron Nettleton, Jr. ; has a family. 

Nathaniel F. Chapin, s. of Dea. Henry Chapin ; b. Jan. 4, 
1830 ; spent the early part of his life at farming with his father, 
and in business at the upper tannery, since which time he has 
been at Boston, engaged in the mercantile business. He still 
superintends the farming operations at the Fletcher homestead 
in Lempster. M,, Dec. 13, 1S55, Delia M. Fletcher, a success- 
ful teacher, dau. of Hiram Fletcher, of Lempster, b. Feb. 14, 


Frank F., b. Apr. 14, 1856; is a merchant in Boston; m., May, 1878, 

Margie Webber, dau. of a prominent ship-builder at Bath, Me. 
George H., b. Oct. 24, 1858 ; a merchant in Boston. 

Daniel Chapin, a brother of Phineas; was b. at Somers, 
Conn., Jan. 3, 1758, and came to this town about the same 
time, and settled upon the farm since occupied by his son Fred- 
erick. He kept a large dairy and a large stock, and for more 
than thirty years was among the leading tax-payers in town. 
M., Jan. I, 1789, Joanna Arms, of Deerfield, Conn. ; m., 2d, 
Ruth Lane. 


riiiloncla, b. May i, 1782; m., Sept. i, 1819, Reuben Bascom. 

Elizabeth, b. Feb. i, 1784; m. Moses Haven, of Croydon ; d. Sept. 24, 

\William A., b. Dec. 8, 1790. 

\Daniel D., b. Jan. 27, 1796. \ David B., b. Oct. 23. 1797, 

Horace, b. June 22, 1799. \Jason, b. Sept. 7, 1801. 

\Frederiik, b. Aug. 3, 1803. 

Joanna, b. Oct. 28, 1805 ; m. Samuel Allis, of Waverley, Morgan coun- 
ty, 111. 

Ruth L., b. Dec. 18, 1814; m. Thomas Gelder, of 111. 

Melvina J., b. Apr. 30, 1816; m., in 1842, Rev. Geo. B. Rowell: are 
missionaries at Waimea. Kauai, Sandwich Islands. They have seven 
children : three of them, — Willie E., b. June, 1845 ; George A., b. 
April, 1850; and Mary, b. September, 1853,— are graduates at in- 
stitutes in this country. They also had Clara Maria, b. 1847 ; Mari- 
ann Eliza, b. April 9, 1848 ; Ellen Louisa, b. March, 1852. 

]Noah Addison, b. June 18, 1818. 

William A. Chapin, s. of Daniel Chapin ; b. Dec. 8, 1790. 
After a preparatory course he entered Dart. Coll., where he 
graduated in tlie class of 1S16. He graduated at the Andover 
Tlico. Inst., in 1S21. He was settled as pastor of the Cong, 
church at Craftsburg, Vt., where he remained until 1834, ^^^^^ 
which he had charge of the church at Greensborough, same 
state, until 1850, when he d. He m., Sept. 16, 1823, Lucy Cur- 
tis, of Hanover, N. H. ; m., 2d, Mar. 23, 1S23, Sarah Orr, of 
New Bedford, Mass. 

William A., b. July 26, 1824; lives at St. Johnsbury, Vt. 

Joseph C, b. Feb. 22, 1826; d. young. 

Sarah C, b. Sept. 24, 1827; d. Feb. 4, 1852; m. Dec. 5, 1S50, Rev. 

Henry Melville. 
Lucy J., b. Nov. 8, 1829; r. Waverley, Morgan Co., 111. 
Daniel D., b. Mar. 13, 1832; d. young. 
John O., b. June 15, 1834; r. at Waverley, 111. 
Jane Eliza, b. May 18, 1836; r. at Waverley, 111. 

Daniel Dwigiit Chapin, s. of Daniel and Joanna (Arms) 
Chapin; b. Jan. 27, 1796; d. Sept. 6, 1866; lived on the A. 
Pease place, and built a residence on the south part of Main st. ; 
m., Oct. 29, 1S28, Sophia Wyman, of Cornish, b. Feb. 5, 1799. 

Helen S., b. Dec. 6, 1830; d. young. 

Phebe E., b. Nov. 24, 1832; d. Feb. 15, 1852. 

J/. Maria, b. Jan. 9. 1835; m. Isaac Eastham, Somerville, 111. 

\Edward Dwii^ht, b. Nov. 12, 1837. 


Edward Dwight Chapin, s. of Daniel Dwight Chapin ; 
spent his early boyhood on the fdvm with his father, but early 
turned his attention to the mercantile business, and went to Bos- 
ton, where he is now in trade, and has had a successful busi- 
ness. He m. Olive E. Stanford, of Maine. 

David B. Chapin, s. of Daniel; b. Oct. 23, 1797. During 
all his maturer life he was an enterprising blacksmith, having 
learned his trade in Boston. He was long an active deacon in 
the Congregational church, and always took a lively interest in 
its affairs, and contributed liberally, of both time and money, to 
the promotion of its interests. He m., Nov. 12, 1828, Zerviah 
H. Farnsworth, d. of Dea. Joseph Farnsworth, b. Jan. 20, 

Martha A., b. Aug. 10, 1832; m. Daniel W. Wilcox. 

\Gco7-ge F., b. May 26, 1836. ^Joseph A., b. Apr. 25, 1839. 

Elleti E., b. Feb. 4, 1842; m. Henry M. Kimball. 

George F. Chapin, s. of Dea. David B. Chapin ; had his pre- 
paratory training at Kimball Union Academy ; graduated at 
Amherst college in i860; turned his attention to theology, and 
became a Congregational clergyman. He was for a while in 
Kansas; is now a pastor at Alstead. He m., Oct. 12, 1862, 
Mary F. Wilcox, who d. Sept. 16, 1S68 ; m., 2d, Feb. 26, 1873, 
Isabella S. Ferry, of Medford, Mass. 

Jessie Z., b. Dec. 11, 1866; d. Dec. 24, 1868. 
Mary Ella, b. Apr. 12, 1874. 

Joseph A. Chapin, s. of Dea. David B. Chapin ; b. Apr. 25, 
1839; was educated at Kimball Union Academy. He turned 
his attention to trade. Has spent the most of his life in the 
mercantile business in Boston, where he now resides. He 
was three years in the war of the Rebellion, as hospital steward. 
He m., July 3, 1867, Julia Fay, of Windsor, Vt. 

Susie F.,h. May 26, 1868. George F.,h. 1871. 

Jason Chapin, s. of Daniel Chapin ; after a preparatory 
course, entered Amherst college, where he graduated in the 
class of 1828. He graduated at Andover Theo. Sem. in 1831. 


He was ordained the same year, and labored as a home mis- 
sionary in Ohio. He afterwards settled at Geneseo, 111., where 
he d. Sept. ii, 1S46. He m., Oct. 4, 1S31, Caroline Snow, of 
Ware, Mass. 

Florilla N., b. July 16, 1834. E7mly M., b. Feb. 3, 1837. 

Albert J., b. Mar. 21, 1S42 ; d. y. Alice C, b. Nov. 26, 1845. 

Frederick Chapin, s. of Daniel Chapin ; remained at the 

old homestead in the north-west part of the town. He has 

been a prosperous farmer ; had a large farm, a nice stock, and 

one of the best dairies in town. He m., Oct. 19, 1S29, Pamela 

Wyman, of Cornish, b. May 3, 1S07, sister of Gen. Edward 

Wyman ; m., 2d, Mrs. Julia Newton, widow of the late Dr. 

Austin Newton. 

Daniel F., b. Nov. 19, 183 1 ; d. Jan. 6, 1846. 
William Arms, b. Apr. 26, 1842 ; d. May, 1859. 

NoAii Addison Chapin, s. of Daniel; b. June iS, iSiS; 
graduated at Dart. Coll. in 1845, and from the medical depart- 
ment at Yale Coll. in 1S49 ; engaged in the practice of his pro- 
fession at Winchester, where he d. suddenly. May 9, 1S54, 
from poison received through a slight cut in the hand from his 
knife, while performing a surgical operation. He was to have 
been married the following day to a Miss Wellman, of Cornish. 



William Cheney was b. at Alstead, N. H., Aug. 9, 1776. 
He removed from there to Newport, Jan. i, 1S07, with his wife 
Tryphena, dau. of Phineas Hatch, of Alstead, and three chil- 
dren. He was bred a carpenter, but soon turned his attention 
to trade. He was a clerk in the store of Messrs. Shepherd & 
Hutchinson, who furnished him the necessary capital with 
which to commence business for himself. His first store was 
in one end of the Enoch Noyes house, at the foot of Claremont 
hill, in what was then the village of Newport. In iSio he 
built the old Richards block, into which he removed his busi- 
ness, and which he continued to occupy till his death. In 


1 8 14 and '15 he built a large public house known as Nettleton's 
hotel, which stood on the site now occupied by the Newport 
House. Three years later he erected a large building, four 
stories high and one hundred and fifty feet long, called the 
"Tontine," designed for stores and mechanic shops. At about 
this time he sold the town the tract of land since used as a 
common. He had, the year previous to its purchase by the 
town, offered \\.g-ratts, subject only to certain conditions refer- 
ring to the planting and protection of shade-trees. Some op- 
position having been expressed in town-meeting to its accept- 
ance under any conditions the non-fulfilment of which would 
result in its forfeiture, the matter was dropped until next town- 
meeting, when it was voted to purchase the tract, subject to 
the same conditions insisted upon by Col. Cheney the previous 

During the year 18 15 he constructed the dam and canal which 
feed the upper tannery and the Newport and Eagle mills. On 
the canal he built a cotton factory and linseed oil-mill ; and 
about the same time he built a grist-mill and saw-mill at the 
grist-mill dam below. About the year 1819 he purchased all 
the water-power at Sunapee Harbor, and built there a grist- 
mill, saw-mill, and carding-mill. 

Col. Cheney had few educational advantages. He was char- 
acterized by indomitable energy and perseverance in all that he 
undertook, whether in private enterprise or for the public good, 
and was successful in most of his undertakings. He had a gen- 
erous, sympathizing heart, which made him popular, and a cool, 
balanced judgment, which enabled him always to d© the right 
thing in the right way. As illustrating the warm sympathies 
of his nature, it is related of him that he once took a poor, 
friendless old lady, who was on her way to the poor-house, into 
his own family, where she enjoyed all the hospitalities of his 
home for a long time. 

Col. Cheney was often a moderator and selectman, and, dur 
ing the years 1816, 1S17, 1819, 1S24, 1S25, and 1S27, a repre- 
sentative to the state legislature ; and it was mainly by the per 
sistency of his efforts, as such, that a division of Cheshire coun 
ty was effected, and Newport became the county seat of the 
new county of Sullivan. He found opposed to him in the leg- 


islaturc, on tliis subject, some of the best legal talent of the 
state, prominent among which was the late Gov. Henry Hub- 
bard. Having the right of the case, he met them with a good- 
natured, sometimes humorous, persistency, which finally tri- 
umphed. He was a friend of education, and assisted several 
young men who were fitting for college, and contributed gen- 
erously towards the support of Newport academy. He was a 
deacon of the Baptist church, to which society he presented the 
ground upon which their church and parsonage now stand, and 
contributed largely towards the construction of the church 
edifice. The bell was purchased and placed in the tower, pri- 
vately, at his own expense, its presence there being first an- 
nounced to the society by its ringing. He was an ardent lover 
of music, and in his earlier years played the violin, thus con- 
tributing to the gayety of the quilting and husking parties of 
his neighborhood. He was mainly instrumental in the forma- 
tion of a band, in 1815, of which he continued for a long time 
a supporter. The Masonic lodge, of which he was an active 
member, met for a long time at a hall in his residence. Pass- 
ing through all the previous grades, he became a colonel in 
the state militia. When, in 1S24, Lafayette passed through 
the town, he was received by a large escort and conducted to 
the residence of Mr. Cheney, where he met the warm and en- 
thusiastic congratulations of the people. 

No citizen has been more generally identified with the earlier 
history of the town than Col. Clieney. To him it is especially 
indebted for its early manufactures. He died, of consumption, 
on the 15th day of June, 1830, leaving a widow and eleven chil- 
dren, three having died in infancy. He left the largest estate 
ever administered in town up to the time of his death. Mrs. 
Cheney survived him many years. The Rev. Baron Stow, of 
Boston, in an obituary notice, says, — "Naturally amiable, she 
was regarded by all a model as a Christian, a wife, and mother. 
Though of the wealthiest family in town, she seemed not to 
know it, and like a true lady mingled with the poor and the 
more fortunate as if upon the same level, and thus won the 
hearts and commanded the respect of all." 

Chloe, b. at Alstead, Oct. 30, iSoi ; m., Sept. 13, 1S24, Hon. Horace 
iMetcalf, of Charlestown, a brother of Gov. Ralph Metcalf, b. .May 


lo, 1 80 1. He is a successful farmer and financier, having amassed 
a large fortune ; is a man of intelligence and sound judgment, and 
has long been prominent in this portion of the state. They occu- 
pied the old Metcalf place at North Charlestown, where he still 
lives, and where she d., Nov. 19, 1874. Mrs. JMetcalf had a cheer- 
ful heart ; was affable, courteous, and benevolent, and hence was 
an agreeable companion for all ages and classes. She survived 
the period of their golden wedding. Ch., Diantha G., b. July 15, 
1825; d. young. Sophia Jane, b. June 12, 1827; m., Sept. 16, 1851, 
George Mason Gilmore, of Charlestown, b. Apr. 24, 1824; r. at 
Faribault, Minn. Tryphena Maria, b. Sept. 6, 1828; m., Sept. 15, 
1853, Dwight James McCann, b. Mar. 3, 1827, at Erie, Penn. ; r. at 
Washington, D. C. Julian, b. Dec. 29, 1833: m. Julia Beatrice 
Kinney, b. Oct. 29, 1839, ^^ Mont Vernon, Ohio; r. in Nebraska 
City, Neb., where he has been the cashier of the Otoe County Na- 
tional Bank since its organization. 

Philena, b. at Alstead, N. H., Jan. 3, 1803; m., Sept. 24, 1822, Ezra 
P, Prentice, a grandson of Ezra Parmelee, of Newport. He was for 
a time in Col. Cheney's store. They r. for a while at Canton, at 
Ogdensburgh, and at Albany, N. Y. In 1841 Mr. Prentice, having 
accumulated a fortune, retired from business, and removed with his 
family to their country seat, — Mt. Hope, on the banks of the Hudson 
river, — where he died, and where the family remained till her death. 
In 1872 they celebrated ih&'ir golden wedding. She d. Oct. 8, 1878, 
esteemed by a large circle of friends, for her culture, tender sym- 
pathy, readiness to help the needy, and for her Christian charities. 
Ch., William Packer, b. Aug. 26, 1834; a graduate at Williams 
college, and at Gottingen University, Germany, and is a lawyer in 
New York city ; he was assistant adjutant-general and chief of 
staff of Gen. iVIitchell ; m., Jan. 29, 1863, Florence Kelley, of New 
York city; r. in New York city. Sartell, b. May 29, 1837; was 
educated at Williams college, Gottingen University, Germany, and 
at the Hartford Law School. He was in the 12th U. S. Infantry 
during the Rebellion ; was promoted to a captaincy, and brevetted 
major in the regular army for gallantry on the battlefields of the 
Wilderness: was on the staffs of Brig. -Gen. B. S. Roberts and 
Maj.-Gen. M. R. Patrick. M., May 29, 1862, Mary Isham, of New 
York city; r. at Albany, N. Y. Bertha, b. Dec. 12, 1844. Jessie 
P., b. July 23, 1847. Four children died between the ages of two 
and eight years. 

Persis Hatch, b. Apr. 27, 1805 ; m.. May 30, 1824, Charles Forbes, s. 
of Gen. Abner Forbes, of Windsor, Vt. He was in the mercantile 
business in Boston, Louisville, Ky., and Cincinnati, where he died 
Sept. 16, 1849, aged 52 years. Shed. Dec. 26, i860, aged ^-i years, 
beloved for her social and Christian character. Ch., Elizabeth West, 
b. June 5, 1826; m.,Oct. 14, 1847, Wm. Moore. They passed the first 
seven years of their married life at Burmah, India, as missionaries. 
They are now residing at Middletown, O. [See Missionaries.] 
Charles, b. Mar. 14, 1832; m. Olive Emerson, of St. Louis, Mo., 
in which city they reside. He is a dentist. Josephine Prentice, b. 
Marcli 29, 1835; d. of consumption, March, 1855. Three other 
children d. in infancy. 

\William H.,h. Mar. 5, 1807. 



TrypJiena, b. Dec. 31, 1808; m. Rev. Adolplius King; m., 2d, Rev. Ira 

Person ; r. in this town. [For her notice, see King.] 

Sophia, b. July 21, 1810; m., Apr. 25, 1S33, Franklin Manning, a mer- 
chant at Portland, Me., who d. Sept. 29, 1853, aged 45 years. She 
has returned to Newport, her native ])lace, to reside. Ch., Georgi- 
anna S., b. Feb. 3, 1834; m., 1854, L. P. Tucker, a merchant at 
Portland; d. in 1864. Charles F., b. Aug. 12, 1835; m. Ellen M. 
Crockett, of Portland, Me. Prentice, b. Apr. 11, 1837 ; a merchant 
at Portland; m., May i, 1862, Ellen Hitchcock. William Cheney, 
b. Sept. 29. 1842. At the breaking out of the Rebellion, he en- 
tered the volunteer service as a private, but rose to the rank of 
major. He was four times wounded during the war. At the close 
of the war he received a lieutenant's commission in the regular 
army, which rank he still holds. He is with his regiment in the 
Indian country. He m., Nov. 3, 1875, Mary M., dau. of Hon. 
Geo. G. Clarkson, mayor of the city of Rochester, N. Y. Had three 
children, d. young. 

\George Ilallctt, b. Mar. 29, 181 2. 

Alice, b. June 13, 1814; m., Jan. 28, 1835, Rev. Oliver Augustus Dodge, 
pastor of the Baptist church at Le.xington, Mass. He was born at 
Hampton Falls, March 18, 1813; prepared for college at Hampton 
academy, and graduated at Colby University, Me., in the class of 
1833 i ^^''is for a while at Newton Theo. Institution ; was ordained 
at Lexington, Jan. 7, 1835, where he continued his pastorate until 
his death, which occurred May 28, 1840. He was chaplain of a 
regiment of light infantry in the ist brigade of Mass. militia; was 
chairman of tlie lioard of Education at Lexington, and secretary of 
the County School Association. It was principally through his la- 
bor and inriuence that the first normal school in America was open- 
ed, in Lexington. In June, 1875, she returned, and has again taken 
up her residence in her native town. Ch., Alice Augusta, b 
Dec. 13, 1835 ; d. June 22, 1866; an apt scholar and ready writer. 
Her most important productions were a volume entitled '-Jerry 
and his Friends," " Progress," asequel to the foregoing, "The Way 
to the Cross," " Kate Woodman," " Pleasant Grove," and " Rebe's 
Common-Sense." [See Literature.] Mary Frances, b. Oct. 25, 
1838; d. Sept. 8, 1862. 

\ Prentice, b. March 2, 18 16. 

Charles Franklin, b. April 19, 1819; d. July 30, 1834. 

\Jaines Edwin, b. April 10, 182 1. 

William H. Cheney, s. of William ; b. Mar. 5, 1807 ; was 
bred a mercbaiit in his f^ithcr's store, and succeeded him in 
business after his deatii in 1S30 ; was made residuary legatee 
of his father's estate, after paying all legacies bequeathed. In 
1836 he moved to Albany, N. Y., and from there, in 1S3S, to 
Rochester, same state, where he has been extensively engaged 
in the iron business. He made the first cook-stove in Monroe 
county. He erected a large blast furnace for the manufacture 
of pig-iron from the ore. For fifteen years he has made a very 


large proportion of the architectural iron fronts for buildings in 
the cities of western New York, as well as many cities at the 
West. For ten years he was president of the Eagle Bank of 
Rochester ; and he has been a trustee of the Rochester City 
Savings Bank (which has a deposit of $8,000,000) twenty-five 
years. In 1S44 he was elected one of the supervisors of the 
county, and served two years. In September, 1S30, he m. Car- 
oline H., dau. of Newton Whittlesey, of Cornish, N. H., who 
d. 1872. 

William, b. at Newport, Oct. 22, 1832 ; graduated at Williams College, 
Mass., in 1853, with the first honors of his class; is in the l^ank- 
ing business at Minneapolis, Minn.; m.. Mar. 5, 1867, Nellie W. 
Walcott, of Minneapolis, Minn. 

Ca}-oUue JF., h. at Rochester, N. Y., June 24, 1838; m., Oct. 2, 1856, 
John W. Dodd, of Rome, Ga.; r. at Rochester, N. Y. 

George Hallett Cheney, s. of Col. Wm. Cheney ; b. 
Mar. 29, 181 2 ; was reared a merchant in his father's store. In 
1834 he moved to Portland, Me., and in 1841 to Toronto, Can- 
ada, where he was a director in the Northern Railroad, and 
president of the Grand Trunk Telegraph Co. In 1859 ^^^ ^'^" 
moved to Texas, but after the fall of Sumter, his sympathies 
being with the Union cause, he returned to Portland, Me., 
where he was commissioned captain of volunteers in the 14th 
Regt. After the siege of Port Hudson he was on the staft'of Gen. 
Nickerson until the close of his army life. M., July 30, 1833, 
Sarah D. Davis, of Winthrop, Me., who d. July 26, 1855, aged 
45 ; m., 2d, Nov. 13, 1856, Mary G. Kelley, of Portland, Me. ; 
had three children by first wife, all of whom d. under ten years 
of age. He d. July 29, 1871. 

Prentice Cheney, s. of Col. Wm. Cheney ; b. March 2, 
1816 ; was educated at Newport academy. At the age of sev- 
enteen he commenced the study of medicine with Dr. Willard 
P. Gibson, in his native town ; two years after, while in attend- 
dance upon lectures at Dartmouth Medical College, he con- 
tracted a cold that led to consumption, of which he died, Mar. 
19, 1835, at Matanzas, island of Cuba, where he had gone in 
the hope of relief from the fatal malady. He was talented, af- 
fable, and a great favorite. A contemporary of his, in a public 


journal, thus writes, — " Seldom has there been centred in one 
individual so many of those qualities that render their possessor 
beloved by all. He had an amiable disposition, talents of a 
high order, and was a young man of high promise." 

James Edwin Ciienev, s. of Col. VVm. Cheney; b. Apr. 10, 
1821 ; inherited much of his father's energy of character and 
control over the will of others. He was educated at the New- 
port academy, and commenced life as a clerk in the store which 
had been occupied by his father and brother William. He sub- 
sequently went to Rochester, N. Y., where he was for many 
years engaged in the mercantile business, in which city he still 
resides. M., July 15, 1846, Maria L. Foster, of Lancaster, O., 
who d. June 20, 1S77. 

James, a graduate of the University at Rochester, N. Y. ; is a lawyer in 

that city. 
Foster Hallett, a farmer at Beaver City, Furnas county, Neb. 

Richard Cheney, lived on the S. Clark farm, on East 
mountain; m. a dau. of Caleb Atvvood. 

Abagaih m. Reuben Haven. Mehitable, m. Reuben Cutts. 

Judith, m. Jonathan Maxfield, of Goshen. 


Samuel F. Chellis, a farmer and speculator ; b. Aug. S, 
1776, at Plainfield ; came to this town in 1S23. and remained 
here until 1854, when he moved to Claremont, where he d. 
Apr. 22, 1S55. K^ 'w^s engaged for a while in butchering. He 
was a shrewd business man, and was possessed of a sound 
judgment. He was a selectman. M., Jan. 28, 1815, Rhoda 
Watson, of this town, b. June 6, 1795, who d. Aug. 27, 1837. 

Susan F., b. Dec. 27, Goshen; m., Sept. 8, 1841, Charles Cot- 
ton, and went to Illinois; r. at Claremont. 

\ Free man S., b. Mar. 23, 18 18. 

Mary.\Taroa,\i. June 15, 1821. at Goshen; m., May 8, 1S45, George 
Cotton; lives in Wisconsin. 

John H., b. Apr. 6, 1826: lives in Claremont. 

George E., a dentist; b. Feb. 18, 1828; lives in Rhode Island. 

Thomas, b. .May 11, 1833; d, Dec. 9, 1837. 


Freeman S. Chellis, s. of Samuel F. Chellis ; b. Mar. 23, 
1818, at Goshen ; came to this town with his father at the age 
of five years, and here spent the larger portion of his life. They 
lived for many years in the west part of the town, and finally 
purchased the farm subsequently owned by F. Boardman at the 
north end of the village. When he sold out to Mr. Boardman, 
he removed to Claremont, and purchased what was long known 
as the Solomon Hubbard farm, — the first meadow farm on the 
old road to Claremont. He has been an extensive and prosper- 
ous farmer, and a successful investor. M.,June i, 1848, Lo- 
rinda Chellis. 

Otis H. Chellis, brother of Hon. Pettengill Chellis, high 
sheriff', is a joiner; b. May 15, 1S21 ; came here from Plain- 
field in 1870. Married Betsey Sargent, of Grantham. 

Mattie M., b. Mar. 31, 1857; a graduate from Kimball Union Acad- 
emy ; is a teacher in Union district, this town. 

Frank O., b. Aug. 7, 1858; graduated at the Newport high school in 
1878 ; is a teacher. 

Ka/ie A/., b. Sept. 19, 1862. 


James Church, one of the early settlers, came from New 
London, Conn. He was the first hatter in town. His cabin 
was on the east side of the road, near the E. A. Jenks house. 
During the comparatively short period in which he remained in 
town, he was active in clearing up the meadows, and held a 
good position among his townsmen. 

Samuel Church, brother of James, b. Apr. 3, 1749^ came, 
also, from New London, Conn., in 1780, and built on the spot now 
occupied by Wheeler's block, and had his blacksmith shop just 
at the east of his dwelling. He owned the land westward from 
Main street to the river. He was prominent and influential 
among the early citizens. He. m., June 26, 1769, Martha Corn- 
stock, b. Feb. 19, 1746. 

Mar//ia,h. June 18, 1777; d. i8or. 

Abigail, b. May II, 1779; d. July 13, 1802. 

^Sa/nuel, b. Mar. 27, 178 1. 

John, b. June 2, 1782 ; was a blacksmith ; worked with his father. 


Teinpera>ice, b. Nov. 14, 1784; m. Jacob Dwinell. 
Lucy, h. Mar. 27, 17S6; m. Col. Erastus Baldwin. 
Caleb C, b. Feb. 19, 1788; d. young. 
Jonathan, b. Feb. 17, 1794. 

S.VMUKL Chl'uch, s. of Samuel; b. Mar. 27, 17S1 ; was a 
merchant; built his clvvelliug on the spot now occupied by the 
Dudley barber shop. M., Dec. 27, 1S04, Azuba Bowman, b. 
May 2, 1787. 

Nabby, b. Jan. 4, 1805. Peleg L., b. Oct. 18, 1805. 

Oliver, b. Aug. 23, 1806. Samuel, b. May 24, 1808. 


Wextworth Claggett was b. at Portsmouth, Nov. 29, 
1765. He was s. of Wyseman Claggett, an English barrister 
of the Court of King's Bench, who, on coming to this country 
and settling at Portsmouth, was appointed king's attorney-gen- 
eral, which office he held until the Revolution, when, at the 
hazard of much of his property, then within the reach of the 
British government, he took an early and decided part with the 
people in opposing the oppressive acts of the English parlia- 
ment, and in framing and carrying into effect the temporary 
government first adopted in New Hampshire. In return, the 
people confided to him several important offices, among which 
was that of solicitor-general, which he held until the adoption of 
the constitution in 17S4, only a few months before his death. 
Wentworth, after a residence at Litchfield and at Merrimack, 
where he was the owner of a large estate at Reed's Ferrv, 
came to this town and settled on the R. P. Claggett farm, where 
he lived until his death, Nov. 18, 1825, aged 65 years. He was 
a justice of the peace and quorum for many years. He m. 
Jane McQiiestion, of Litchfield, b. Nov. 3, 1771. 

Margaret, b. Oct. 19, 1791 ; d. Mar. 27, 1833 ; m., Dec, 1816, Dr. Al- 
exander Boyd. 

Caroline, b. Nov. 8, 1793; a teacher; d. May 14, 1855. 

\\\'illia?n, b. Feb. 4, 1796. 

Catharine, b. Aug. 5, 1790; a teacher; d. Sept. 21, 1849. 

Rebecca J/., b. Nov. 20, 1800; m. Dr. Alexander Boyd, — 2d wife. 

Rufus, b. Feb. 28, 1803; graduated at Dartmouth college in 1826; 
studied law with Hon. William Claggett. of I'ortsmoutii, and Hon. 
John Whipple, of I'rovidence, R. L, where he was admitted to the 


bar. In 1843 ^^ removed to New York city, where he continued 
in the practice of his profession until his death in 1875. Married 
Louisa J. King, of Providence; has seven children. 

^Frederick, b. Aug. 8, 1805. ^Clifton, b. Sept. 12, 1807. 

Eliza J., b. Dec. 6, 1809; a teacher: d. June 17, 1842. 

Alonso, b. Nov. 18, 1812; turned his attention to medicine, and after 
the preparatory studies entered Dart. JVIed. Coll., where he grad- 
uated in 1837. He settled at Enfield, Mass., where he soon gained 
an extensive practice, and where he died, Mar. 21, 1840. 

^Erastus B.,h. May 9, 181 5. 

Harriet, b. Feb. 9, 1818; m., Aug. 20. 1847, Rev. Chas. Willey ; ch., 
Charles, who resides at Philadelphia. 

William Claggett, s. of Wentworth Claggett ; b. Feb. 4, 
1796; had his preparatory training at Newport academy, and 
was graduated at Dartmouth college in the class of 1826. He 
studied theology, and was for more than forty-five years engaged 
in the ministry. He died at Washington, in this state, Aug. i, 

Elizabetlt, m. Charles Newcome. 

Anna, m. a Mr. Gilbert. Ch., William, Eugene, Lillian, Rebecca. 

Frederick Claggett, s. of Wentworth ; was a farmer, and 

occupied for many years the old homestead on the Unity road. 

He was a deputy sheriff' for a number of years. In 1S55 he 

became high sheriff for the county, which office he held five 

years. He d. June 9, 1S63. Married Mirion Richardson, of 


\R21fns P., b. June 20, 1830. 

Mary Jane, b. July 10, 1844; m.. Mar. 20, 1872, Henry P. Coffin. 

RuFus P. Claggett, s. of Frederick ; has been a farmer and 
trader. He was deputy sheriff eighteen years; was appointed 
high sheriff for the county in 1S71, and w^as reappointed to the 
same office in 1S76, which office he now holds. He was mod- 
erator in 1874, and is a deacon in the Congregational church. 
Married Francis F. Carr, dau. of Col. Benj. Carr. 

Fred P., b. Jan. 18, 1869. 

Cliftox Claggett, s. of Wentworth Claggett ; had his 
early training at Newport academy; graduated at Dartmouth 
college in 1S33 ; studied medicine with Alexander Bo}^!, a 


brother-in-law, in this town, and David McQiicstion, of Wash- 
ington, and settled in Northfield, Vt., where he now resides, 
and where he has liad a successful practice for more than forty 
years. M., June 9, 1S33, Catharine Emerson. 

Charles Clifton, b. Au<^., 1840; m., Jan., 1868; he has an extensive 

dry goods store at Montreal, P. Q. 
William, b. Sept., 1850. 

Ekastus B. Claggett, s. of Wentworth Claggett ; b. May 
9, 1S15 ; had his preparatory training at the Kimball Union 
Academy ; graduated at Dartmouth college in the class of 1S41, 
and at the Andover Theological Seminary in the class of 1844. 
He was settled as pastor of the Congregational churcli at Lynde- 
borough, where he continued to occupy the pulpit for twenty- 
four years. He subsequently resided a few years in Nashua, 
from whence he removed to New Fairfield, Conn., where he 
resided until his death, in June, 1877. During his student life 
at Kinil)all Union Academy, at the graduating exercises, he won 
the prize for the best speaking. He was a fluent, easy talker. 


Ephraim Clark came from Hillsborough in 1805, and set- 
tled on the S. Clark farm, on East mountain. Married Nancy 

Mary S., b. Oct. 14, 1809; m. Riifus Sawyer, of Henniker. 

Lucinda T., b. Dec. 2, 181 1 ; m. Abijah Dudley. 

]Seiaell, b. Apr. 2, 18 14. 

Nancy B., b. Sept. 2, 1816; is an experienced nurse; r. at Concord. 

Sewell Clark, s. of Ephraim Clark ; was a farmer, and re- 
mained for several years at tiie old homestead on East moun- 
tain. He subsequently sold out, came to the village, and pur- 
chased a planing mill, which he continued to operate during his 
life. Married Laura W. Cutts. 

^Arthur IV., b. May 9, 1841. 

Arthur W. Clark, s. of Sewell Clark ; operated, in con- 
nection with his father, a joiners shop while his father lived. 
He was for a while connected with L. Whittemore in the sash 


and blind business, since which time he has been engaged in 
W. L. Dow's wood factory. He m. Helen S. Adams, dau. of 
Rev. Paul S.Adams, b. May 21, 1S47. 

Susie L., b. Mar. 9, 1870. Ethelyn, b. Aug. 7, 1872. 


Jonathan W. Clement came here from Franklin, and car- 
ried on the carriage business, in connection with Maj. David 
Harris, at the Samuel E. George building on Central St., until 
his death, which occurred Sept. 15, 1838, at the age of 38 years. 
Married Margaret A. Aiken, a dau. of Andrew Aiken. 

"Jay IV., b. Jan. 31, 1839; '''^ was bred a tailor, but d. at comparatively 
early age. 

Dean S. Clement, s. of Hon. Jonathan C. Clement, of 
Unity. He was here in trade in various branches of business 
until his death, July 15, 1S64, at the age of 28 years. M., Aug. 
14, i860, Ellen R., dau. of Chester Averill. 

Samuel Clement, b. Dec. 22, 1826; a farmer; came here 
in 1S72 from Moultonborough, N. H., and settled on the H. 
Messer place, in the north-west corner of the town. Married 
Augusta Brown. 

EUzabetJi, b. Jan. 29, 1857. Beitjmttiti F., b. Mar. 8, 1859. 

Nathaniel C, b. July 28, 1862. Orren, b. July 22, 1870. 


Orren Tracy Clough, a shoemaker and farmer; s. of The- 
ophilus ; b. Jan. 8, 1831, at Springtield ; came to this town in 
1875, and settled on the N. Smith farm, on the Goshen road; 
m., Feb. 24, i860, Julian Ann Lane, of Raymond, b. July 3, 

Elias Scuyler, b. May 16, 1867. Fanny Grace, b. Nov. 2, 1870. 


Perley S. Coffin, b. at South Royalston, Mass., Jan. 13, 
1818 ; came to this town in 1840, and, in connection with John 


Puffer, erected the original Sugar River Mills, and carried on 
business in company vvitii D.J. Goodrich, and later with Seth 
and Dexter Ricliards, until after the close of the war. In 1S67 
the partnership was dissolved, and the same year, in connection 
with William Nourse, he built the Granite State Mills, where 
they now operate. He was a representative in 1873 and 1873. 
He is sympathizing, public-spirited, and generous, hence is a 
valuable neighbor. 'He m. Louisa Mann; m., 2d, Emily Rich- 
ards, dau. of Capt. Scth Richards. 

\Henry P., b. Jan. 12, 1845. 

Henry P. Coffin, s. of Perley S. Coffin. Early in life he 
became a clerk in Richards store in this town, and has al- 
ways followed the mercantile business. On arriving at his ma- 
turity, he formed a partnership with E. C. Converse and S. 
M. Richards. Shortly, however, the two latter sold out to Abia- 
thar Richards, which partnership, under the name of Richards 
& Coffin, has since continued business at the old stand in the 
Richards block. He has been a town-clerk several years. He 
has been the prominent bass singer in the South choir for sev- 
eral years. Married Sarah VValcott, d. Feb. 5, 1871 ; m., 2d, 
May 26, 1873, Mary J.Claggett, b. July 10, 1S44. 

Eiige?ie H., b. Oct. 7, 1870. Nelson P., b. June 10, 1873. 

Emily, b. July 26, 1875. 

Samuel B. Coffin, a brother of Perley S. Coffin ; b. Jan. 8, 
1823, at South Royalton, Mass. He was early trained to the 
woollen manufacture. He was engaged in the business in Ver- 
mont, in Winchendon, Mass., and in this state, prior to com- 
ing to this town. He is now engaged at the Granite Mills. 
Married Emeline Atwood, of Londonderry, Vt. 

Silas C, b. Dec. 16, 1851. He has always followed the trade of his 
father, and is now engaged at the Granite Mills. He m., Oct. 9, 
1877. .Mary E. Darling, dau. of Lucius \V. Darling. 

Minnie E. French, b. Dec. 29, 1864. 

Nancy M. Coffin, a sister of the above; m. Francis W. 



Parson S. Colby, b. at Warner, Apr. 26, 1784 ; d. May 17, 
1855 : came here while a young man, and settled in the south- 
west part of the town, on the W. Colby farm. Married Han- 
nah Johnson, who d, Feb. 11, 1S43, aged 57 years. 

Johnson, b. Oct. Oct. 21, 1808. 
Warren, b. Apr. 25, 1821 ; killed in the war. 
Priscilla, b. Apr. 14, 1823 ; d. at 21. 
Elliot, b. Dec. 9, 1830; d. at 18. 

Abner Colby came from Henniker ; m., Jul}' 6, 1774, Anna 

Sanison, b. May i, 1775. Betsey, b. March 6, 1779. 

Anna, b. Mar. 7, 1781. Sally, b. May 12, 1783. 

Judith, b. June 8, 1785. 

Nicholas Colby came from Henniker in 1806. 

Eli Howe, b. Jan. 27, 1806. Lois M., b. Feb. 26, 1807. 

Ruth, b. Nov, 16, 1808. Polly Oaks, b. Aug. 31, 1810. 


AsAHEL, Luther, Charles, Jonathan, and George Com- 
STOCK came to this town from Killingworth, Conn. Asahel 
m.,Nov. 23, 1810, Lucy Dudley. Luther m. Selah Wilmarth, 
and moved to Canada, where he had a familv. 

Charles Comstock, b. Aug. 25, 17S8 ; d. Aug. 11, 1854. ^^ 
was a farmer, residing in the west pai"t of the town. M., Dec. 
7, 1818, Betsey Kimball, b. Sept. i, 1796, d. Oct. 21, 1822 ; m., 
2d, Dec. 5, 1825, Sally Baker, b. Sept. 2, iSoi. His widow 
resides at Kelleyville. 

\Francis IV., b. Nov. 25, 1819. 

Charles Henry, b. Sept. 6, 182 1 ; d. young. 

Betsey K., b. May 7, 1827 ; m., Feb. 22, 1848, Cyrus B. Howe ; m., 2d, 

James Call. 
Charles Henry, b. Mar. 9, 1844; d., Feb. 18, 1862, in the army. 


Francis W. Comstock, s. of Charles Comstock ; b. Nov. 25, 
1819; d. Oct. 2, 1S59. He was naturally a fine scliolar, and 
had a good education. lie was an enterprising business man ; 
he built the carriage factory which was burned in 1878, and 
several dwellings, some in this town and some in Claremont. 
M., June xo, 1S47, Emeline Iloyt, dau. of Joseph S. lioyt. 

Jonathan Comstock lived at Kelleyville on the farm now 
occupied by Isaac Qiiimby, where he carried on farming, and 
kept a hotel after the opening of the new road to Claremont. 
His presence there gave the name to Comstock brook. Married 
Mary Connor. He d. Apr. 8, 1842, aged 48 years. 

Walter PV., his only son, was a musician. Married Mary Greeley; he 

d. Apr. 26, 1843, aged 26 years. 
Abigail P., his only daughter, m., Dec. 4, 1838, Woodbridge Odlin, a 

merchant in Concord, where they still reside. 

George Comstock lived on the William Endicott farm, near 
Kelleyville. In connection with his farming, he drove for many 
years a six-horse team between this town and Boston. Married 
Eunice Wilmarth. He d. Mar. 26, 1836, aged 80 years ; she d. 
July 27, 1859, ''iged S3. 

\Hial, b. Dec. 30, 1802. ^Oliver, b. May 21, 1809. 

\Gcorge, b. Nov. 17, 1810. 

Lavina, m. Putnam George; she d. Aug. 6, 1869, aged 64 years. 

Ef/tily, m. Roswell White; r. in Canada. 

Tryphcna, unmarried. Betsey, d. Nov. 8, 1833, aged 19. 

Mary A., m. Ebenezer Cheney. 

HiAL Comstock, s. of George Comstock ; b. Dec. 30, 1802 ; 
remained for several years at the old homestead. He was a 
soldier in the war of the Rebellion ; was in the i6th Regt., and 
d. in the service. M., Nov. 6, 1834, Elizabeth Clark, b. June 
29, 1817. 

yusiinc /r.. b. Sept. 26, 1835; "■'• Gardner Sweet. 

Geon^e H., b. July 26, 1837 ; d. Apr. 26, 1873 5 ™- Hattle Crooker ; ch., 

Alary E., b. June 9, 1843; d. Dec. 19, i860. 

Oliver Comstock, s. of George Comstock; b. May 21, 
1809. He owned and operated his saw-mill in the east part of 


the town : he sold out, and purchased the D. Kidder farm in 
the north-east part of the town, and operated there at farming 
until his death, Nov. 17, 1877. ^^ '^^^ ^^ industrious worker. 
M., Jan. 14, 1S41, Emily Ayer, of Claremont. 

George H., b. Nov. 3, 1842 ; is a farmer on the old homestead. 
Martha M., b. July 13, 1844. 

George Comstock, s. of George Comstock ; b. Nov. 17, 
1810; lived at East Newport. He w^as a soldier in the ist 
Regt. at the beginning of the Rebellion. M., Mar. 22, 1854, 
Mary J- Sargent, b. Aug. 13, 1833. 

Frank P., b. Mar. 5, 1855. Fred M., b. Mar. 4, 1859. 

Samuel H. Comstock ow^ned and lived for some time on the 
J. Wilcox farm on the Unity road, now occupied by Freeman 
Cutting, owning the south half of the meadow lot. Married 
Fandacy Parmelee, d. of Ezra Parmelee, b. Apr, 7, 1793 ; m., 
2d, Pamela Parmelee, a sister, b. Apr. 9, 1786. 


Eleazer C. Converse, b. June 23, 1827 ; came here from 
Lyme in 1849, and was a clerk in the store of Mudget & Hig- 
bee. He was for a while in the dry goods trade, but early be- 
came a druggist. He has had an extensive trade, and been a 
popular dealer. He has been a telegraph operator since its 
first introduction into town. He has held several town offices. 
He was moderator in 1867, 1S75, 1876, and 1878. He was 
town-clerk in 1861 and 1862, and a representative in 1873 ; 
was for several years a candidate for register of deeds for Sulli- 
van county. 

Alzira, b. Nov. 7, 1849. Ajina M., b. May 14, 1852. 

Sarah, b. Oct. 25, 1857. Hattie C, b. Feb. 4, 1865. 

Eleazer C, b. Oct. 17, 1868. 


John B. Cooper, s. of Charles A. Cooper ; b. at Wal- 
pole, N. H., Feb. 14, 1841 ; came to Newport in 1857. He 
learned the blacksmiths' trade of D. B. Chapin, and was after- 


wards in business with him ; was selectman in iS66 and 1867, 
representative to the legislature in 1S68 and 1S69, door-keeper 
of the N. II. House of Representatives in 1S74 and 1S75, and 
delegate to the constitutional convention in 1876. [See Record 
of Rebellion.] M., Aug. 23, 1S62, Mary O. Moody, b. March 
18, 1S40. 

Mark Olif, b. June 24, 1866. 


James Corbin [see Physicians], m. Lois Kibbie, of Somers, 

\ Austin, b. Nov. 28, 1791. 

Lois, b. Jan. 19, 1794; m., Mar. 22, 1812, Hon. Eleazer Jackson, of 
Cornish, who was a representative, a judge of probate, a county 
commissioner, and senator, and was a popular and influential man 
in his town. Ch., Louisa, b. Jan. 6, 1813; m. Dr. John L. Blan- 
chard ; he d. in 1861 ; she d. in 1872. Marietta, b. June 3, 1S15; 
m. Stephen Ford; m., 2d, S. C. Moulton ; she d. Nov. 28, 1878, 
at St. Louis, Mo. James C. b. Aug. 22, 1818; m., June 5, 1849, 
Mary W. Child ; he is in the practice of medicine at Hartford, Conn. 
Huldah, b. Aug. 27, 1820; m. James iVL Davidson; d. Oct. 23, 
1869, at Cornish. Eleazer, b. Aug. 13, 1823; m., Jan. i, 1851, 
Matilda J. Farnum ; he d. May 3, 1876, at Albany, N. Y. Charles 
E., b. July 19, 1827; m., Oct. 8, 1855, Judith C. Bryant, of Cor- 
nish; he was a representative from Cornish in 1877. 

jfatnes, b. Apr. 17, 1796; received his early training under the cele- 
brated Jonah Griswold, at Baptist hill, and after a private tuition 
under the Rev. Mr. Wines, studied medicine in his father's office; 
after which he went to Canada to practise his profession. Married 
Elizabeth Nichols, of Burlington, Vt. Ch., Louisa, May. 

Mary Ann, b. Jan. 18, 1798 ; m. Samuel Hurd, Jr. ; m., 2d, Adam Gil- 
more, of Bedford. 

Polly, b. Sept. 12, 1800; m. William Barnes; m., 2d, Ebenezer Wat- 
son, of Claremont. 

^Charles, b. July 10, 1802. 

Austin Corbin, s. of Dr. James ; b. Nov. 28, 1791, at Som- 
ers, Conn., and came to this town with his father the following 
spring. His educational advantages were superior to those of 
most young men of his time, for, in addition to the public 
school, he enjoyed a private tuition luider Rev. Abijah Wines. 
During his younger days he was a successful and popular 
teacher. His father being necessarily absent much of the time 
attending to his professional duties, the care of the large farm, 
stock, and hired help devolved ui^on the son, who was thus 


early trained to business. He was a selectman in 1S30 and 
1831, a representative in 1S33 and 1S33, and in 1S34 a state 
senator; was one of a company of tliree who purchased 
the Argzis establishment while at Claremont, and removed it 
to this town ; was a zealous promoter of liberal Christian- 
ity ; was noted for his politeness and generous hospitality. 
He m. Mary Chase, dau. of Daniel Chase, of Claremont ; d. 
June 14, 1S76. 

Lois, h. Dec. 21, 1819; a teacher; m, William Dunton. 

^Austin, b. July 11, 1827. 

Mary Ann, b. Dec. 17, 1829; d. Oct. 28, 1847. 

Daniel C, b. Oct. i, 1832; removed from N. H. to Iowa in 1852, 
where he was engaged in the real estate business till 1856, when 
he settled in Nebraska. He resided at Nebraska City until the dis- 
covery of gold in the vicinity of Pike's Peak. He was among the 
first to go there, and located at Denver. Col., in i860. He very 
soon thereafter became largely engaged in transportation of goods 
across the Plains to the new gold regions, not only in Colorado, 
but in Utah, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. He finally settled at 
Helena, Montana, in 1865, and was for some years heavily inter- 
ested there in general merchandise. In 1868 he purchased, with 
one other gentleman, a controlling interest in the First National 
Bank at that place, and continued from that time forward to man- 
age its affairs, until he left in fall of 1876. He then sold his inter- 
est in the bank, and removed to New York city, where he associ- 
ated himself with his brother Austin in the building of the "Man- 
hattan Beach Railway," and the improvement of its estate on the 
ocean. He became the managing director of the whole enterprise, 
and continues to occupy that position. The great success of this 
work is largely owing to his energy and good management; indeed, 
all his business operations have been carried forward with marked 
ability, and he has always taken the highest rank as a gentleman of 
the strictest integrity and honor. Married Louisa Jackson. Ch., 
Austin C, b. Sept. 24, 1863 ; Grace. 
Sarah Emily, b. Feb. 14, 1835; "">•' May i, 1862, True W. Childs, of 
Millbury, Mass., now a successful merchant at Toledo, O. Ch., 
Austin C, b. Mar. 20, 1864; Grace, b. 1870. 
James, b. Mar. 24, 1838; was for a number of years at the West, but 
returned to this town and pursued a course of law in the office of 
Burke & Wait, after which he went to Santa Fe, New Mexico, and 
commenced the practice of his profession, where he now resides. 

Austin Corbin, s. of Hon. Austin Corbin [see Lawyers, 
also Literature] ; m., Aug. 16, 1853, Hannah M., dau. of Sim- 
eon and Hannah (Haven) Wheeler, and grand-daughter of Rev. 
Jacob Haven, of Croydon. 

Mary, b. Sept. 6, 1855, the eldest dau. ; graduated at the Packer Col- 
legiate Institute in 1872. In 1873 she visited Europe to perfect 


herself in French, German, and Italian; remained two years in 
those countries, and became thorou^^hly proficient in all these lan- 
guages. She returned to the United States in 1875; remained at 
home till the following year, and then, with other meml^ers of the 
family, revisited Eurojje, where she resided till June, 1S78. She 
then came to New York, and on the 23d of October following was 
married to Rene Cheronnet Champollion, of Paris, and sailed again 
for France Nov. 2d, of the same year, where she now resides. Her 
husband is a grandson of the eminent French scholar, Jean Fran- 
cois Champollion, who was the first person that succeeded in trans- 
lating the mysterious symbols and hyeroglyphics of the Egyptian 
pyramids and of the Rosette stone, and in whose honor a chair of 
Egyptian Antiquities was founded in the College of France by roy- 
al decree. 

Isabel, b. Oct. 30, 1858. Anna, b. Feb. 26, 1863. 

IVilliajn, d. young. Austin P., b. Aug. 26, 1872. 

Charles Corrin, s. of Dr. James; b, July 10, 1802; d. Aug. 
1 1, 1S59. lie occupied for many years the old homestead on the 
hill between the village and Northville. He was a colonel in 
the 31st Regt., and was a selectman in 1S35 '^'^^ ^^36. He m., 
December, 1S29, Olive M. Fitch, of Keene, who d. March 12, 
1S60, aged 59 years. 

Arabella Frances, b. Oct. 29, 1830; m. Elijah D. Hastings; r. at St. 

Louis, Mo. 
Mary F., b. Jan. 13, 1833 ; d. March 25, 1853. 
Charles James, b. April 5, 1836. 

Asa Corbin, b. Jan. 15, 17S0; m., Jan. 22, 1805, Lucy 
Jenckes, b. March 15, 17S3, who d. Jan. 4, 1S06. 


Sanford L. Crane, b. Oct. 9, 1S49, at Chester, Vt. ; came 
here in 1S72. He is a joiner, and has been engaged in the 
business since coming to town. Married S.Lizzie Reed, dau. 
of Jonathan Reed. 

Lillie M., b. Dec. 24, 1875. 

George F. Crane came to this town in 1S55 ; r. at Kelley- 
ville ; was in the 14th Regt. during the Rebellion. M., Jan. i, 
1S54, Jane B. Wright, of Washington. 

Mary A., b. Sept. 5, 1859. Franz R., b. May 28, 1862. 




Hiram Crosby, s. of Capt. Prince Crosby, of Croydon ; was 
a modest, sober appearing man, but always full of conundrums 
and practical jokes. He was several times chosen tythingman. 
On one occasion the town '■'•Resolved^ That, in view of his em- 
inent jitness for the office, no other tythingman be chosen." He 
d. Nov. 22, 1840, aged 44. Married Betsey Cutting, dau. of 
Jonas Cutting, who d. Aug. 22, 1S30, aged 28 ; m., 2d, May 19, 
1830, Betsey Hall. 


Isaac A. Crossett, a teamster ; b. Apr. 8, 1835 ; came from 
Bellows Falls, Vt. ; m. Emily M. Parrish, b, Nov. 14, 1835. 

Enwia A., b. Oct. 16, 1857; m. Millard F. Thompson. Ch., Morton 

E., b. Sept. 10, 1877. 
William S., b. Sept. 21, 1859. Herbert P., b. Dec. 18, 1870. 


Jonathan Crowell, b. June 25, 1764, at Haverhill, Mass. ; 
came to this town in 1800; settled, first, on the C. Cutts place, 
afterwards on the John Buell farm. Married Annah Corliss, of 
Haverhill, Mass., b. Mar. 9, 1764. 

Betsey, b. Feb. 28, 1785 ; d. i860; m. Jedediah Sanders. 

Nancy, b. June ig, 1786; d. 1836; m. William Dow. [See Dow.] 

John, b. Apr. 7, 1788; m. Nancy Greenleaf, of Haverhill. 

^Samuel, b. Dec. 17, 1789; m. Hannah Emory, of Newbury. 

Sally, b. May 12, 1792; m. Israel Shepherd, of Boscawen. 

Jonathan, b. Feb. 4, 1795; d. 1850; m. Betsey Ayer, of Haverhill, 

Peter, b. Nov. 27, 1796; m. Rachel Angell, of Sunapee, Dec. 9, 1830. 
Polly, b. May 2, 1799; m. Joseph Lear, of Goshen. 
Eleanor, b. May i, 1801 ; m. Nehemiah Lear, of Goshen. 
Hazen, b. Sept. 28, 1803; m. Celia Angell, of Sunapee. 
Lavina, b. July 14, 1806; d. Aug. 7, 1876; m. Barnard George. 

Samuel Crowell, s. of Jonathan Crowell ; lived on Colt 
mountain, at the end of Summer street road, on the place now 
occupied by his son Peter. Married Hannah Emory, of New- 
bury. He d. Feb. 13, 1S67. 


\Samucl, b. Apr. 5, 181 5. 

Amanda AT., b. June 23. 1817; m., Dec. 20, 1843, John Kelley, who d. 
Au<(. 7, 1871; m., 2cl, Nov. 28, 1872, Asa F. Merrill, of Holder- 
ness ; r. at Newport. 

Harriet D., b. May 18, 1819; m., Dec. 9, 1838, Jackson Reed. He 
was a soldier during the civil war. 

\James IV., b. June 19, 1821. 

William E., b. July 28, 1823 ; m., in 1851, Adeline Harding, of Croy- 
don. In 1852 went to California, where he has since been engaged 
in mining. 

\Jonatltan, b. July 4, 1825. '[Peter, b. Sept. 21, 1827. 

John B., b. Oct. 9, 1829; m., Apr. 3, 1851, Sarah F. Dainof, of Lunen- 
burg, Vt. He d. June 11, 1878, at Napa City, Cal. 

Hannah B.,h. Apr. 2, 1833; m., Oct. 6, 1850, Rev. Calvin H. Fletch- 
er ; r. at Newport. 

Amos E., b. June 15, 1835; r. in Cal., where for many years he has 
been engaged in the gold mines. 

Samuel Crowell, s. of Samuel ; b. Apr. 5, 1815 ; is a farm- 
er ; lives in the west part of the town, near Blueberry ledge, on 
what was long known as the Webster place ; has a large farm. 
M., Dec. 22, 1S42, Lois Powers, of Croydon. 

Baron S., b. Nov. 8, 1844; d. June 17, 1872. He was an invalid most 
of his life, made so by an imprudent bath taken when too warm. 
He was a fine scholar, and wrote many articles for the press, both 
in prose and poetry. He originated the project of publishing the 
History of Newport, by causing an article calling for it to be insert- 
ed in the warrant calling the annual town-meeting:. 

James W. Crowell, s. of Samuel, senior; b. June 19, 1821 ; 
a farmer ; r. in the west part of the town ; m. Abigail Hariis. 

Maroa //., b. Sept. 16, 1847 ; d. March 25, 1877. 
Harriet, m.. Mar., 1877, Chas. Osgood, of Claremont. 

Jonathan Crowell, s. of Samuel, senior ; b. July 4, 1S25 ; 
was a soldier during the Rebellion ; enlisted in September, 
1S63, and served bravely in the cause of his country until his 
death, which occurred Sept. S, 1S64. M., June, 1S53, Harriet 

Isabel, b. May 20, 1854; m. June 12, 1875, Lewis J. Hastings, b. 

Mar. 24, 1850. 
Frank C, b. Oct. 2, 1855 ; a book agent at New York. 

Peter Crowell, s. of Samuel, senior; b. Sept. 21, 1S27 ; 


r.. at the homestead, south slope of Coit mountain ; was a soldier 
nearly three years during the Rebellion ; m., Sept. 21, 1854, 
Melita A. Huntoon ; m., zd, Jan. 2, 1870, Susan A. Sanborn, of 

George IV., b. Oct. 22, 1855 ; d. Jan. 5, 1859. 
Fred F., b. July 9, 1857. Lois O., b. June 24, 1859. 

Archie F., b. May 20, 1866. J. Ralph, b. July 30, 1868. 

yosie M., b. Feb. 14, 1870. Leaiuia H., b. July 28, 1871. 

George T., b. Mar. 16, 1874. Alice C, h. Jan. 6, 1876. 

Clinton R., b. Jan. 20, 1878. 


Nathan Currier, a farmer; b. May 5, 1783; d. April 6, 
1857 ' came from Amesbury, Mass., his native town, to this 
place in 1806, and settled on the Benj. N. Muzzey place, on 
Buell hill, where he spent the remainder of his life. M., in 
March, 1805, Ruth Dow, of Plaistow, who d. May 20, 1869, 
aged 83. 

Oliver, b. Feb. 9, 1806; m., Oct. 21, 1839, Sarah Chandler, of New- 

Mary, b. June 24, 1813; m. Solomon Pierce; r. at Unity. 

Rebecca, b. Oct. 27, 1819; m. Benj. N. Muzzey; ch., Lora, b. Apr. 22, 

D. M. Currier [see Physicians]. 

Daniel H. Currier, s. of David ; b. Sept. 6, 1829, at Ac- 
worth ; a joiner; came to this town in 1849; m., Nov. 21, 
1850, Sarah Ann Crandall, of Concord, b. Jan. 20, 1834. 

Charles P., b. Mar. 12, i860. Ida B., b. Nov. 12, 1862. 

George W., b. Aug. 8, 1865. Elsie Jane, b. Feb. 12, 1868. 

Freddie, b. Nov. 12, 1870. Elsie Amanda, b. Dec. 5, 1874. 


James Cushing, for several years a merchant here, was a na- 
tive of Goffstown, and s. of Dr. John Cushing. He d. at Low- 
ell, Mass., in 1846, aged 46. Backgammon, since so fashion- 
able a game, was introduced into town by him. 

Benjamin B. Cushing, a jeweller, had an establishment for 
several years in the old Richards block, where he carried on 


his business. lie was a fine penman. He was town-clerk in 
1839. ^^^ went from here to Frankfort, Me., turned his atten- 
tion to the lumber trade, and there carried on an extensive busi- 
ness, getting out some 12,000,000 feet of lumber per aiuium. 

Adeline P., b. Mar. 7, 1836. Ann B., b. Oct. 26, 1837. 


Reuben Cutts, b.July 7, 1802, at Goshen, has for many 
years r. in the east part of the town. He m., Feb. 14, 1828, 
Mehitable E. Cheney, dau. of Richard, b. Sept. 16, 1803. They 
had a golden wedding in 1S7S. 

Elizabeth, b. Nov. 30, 1828. Joseph D., b. Sept. 23, 1830. 

^George IV., b. Oct. 30, 1831. {.l/ulreiu J., b. Dec. i, 1832 (twin). 
Martin Van Buren, b. Dec. i, 1832 (twin); lives at the B. Logue farm on 

the Unity road; m., May 5, 1861, Jemima P. Oilman, of Unity, b. 

Feb. 14, 1839, d. Mar. 29, 1876. Ch., Emma G., b. May 19, 1871. 
^Edwin, b. Sept. 27, 1836. \Lorenzo L., b. May 31, 1842. 

Angelijia, b. June 23, 1844; m. Arlan M. Gove. 

George Washington Cutts, s. of Reuben Cutts ; b. Oct. 
30, 1831 ; is a farmer, and lives on the Comstock brook at the 
C. Kelsey place, south of Kelleyville. M., Apr. 22, 1S58, Eu- 
nice B. Wright, b. June 23, 1839. 

Henry A., b. Jan. 30, 1S59. Austin E., b. Dec. 3, i860. 

Joseph D., b. Feb. 9, 1864. George B., b. June 6, 1868. 

Herbert, b. Oct. 27, 1871. 

Andrew J. Cutts, s. of Reuben ; b. Dec. i, 1832 ; a farmer, 
and lives at the A. Hurd place on the Unity road. M., Aug. 
26, 185S, Mary J. Messer, of Goshen, b. Apr. 4, 1S37. 

Elber R., b. Oct. 8, 1862. Etta M., b. Mar. 26, 1S64. 

Archie Laforest, b. Dec. i, 1S68. 

Edwin Cutts, s. of Reuben Cutts ; b. Sept. 27, 1836 ; a join- 
er ; lives on the Dr. Gregg place at the south part of Main 
street. He m.. May 18, 1862, Martha S. Lear, of Goshen, b. 
Feb. 28, 1841. 

Alverse H., b. Jan. 5. 1865. Ered M., b. Dec. 24, 1869. 


Lorenzo L. Cutts, s. of Reuben Cutts ; b. May 21, 1842 ; a 
farmer ; remains at the old homestead. He has an interest in 
agriculture, and is an officer in the granger organization. M., 
Mar. 3, 1S63, Mary Ann Rollins, of Andover, b. July 31, 1843. 

Ann Adell, b. June 30, 1867. Her/nan L., b. Mar. 15, 1878. 

WiLi.iAM Cutts came here from Goshen; m. Olive Dame. 
He was a farmer, and lived on East mountain, on the main road 
near the Sunapee line. 

Belinda, Nathan, Maty, Betsey, Joel D., and Center L., who m. Juli- 
ana Hurd. He remained for several years at the old liomestead ; 
now r. in Massachusetts. 

Alvah Cutts, a brother, m. Lucy Piper. 


Zebulon, John, and Jonathan Cutting, sons of Francis 
Cutting, came here from Worcester county, Mass., and were 

among the earliest settlers. 

Zebulon Cutting built on the H. E. Hanson place on the 
Croydon road. He m. Abigail Bemis. 

Susanna, m. Daniel Dudley. 

Sally, m. David Whipple, of Croydon. 

Palmer, m. Hannah Woodward. Abijah, m. Pamelia Ingalls. 

James, m. Lavina Eaton. Abigail, m. David Putnam. 

Nancy, m. Lovell Shurtliff. Ele.xis, m. Abigail Hall. 

Zebulon, m. Betsey Fifield. Sophia, m. Alexander Lamb. 

John Cutting built on the Zina Goldthwaite place. He m. 
Sarah Trumbull. 

Sally, m. Cyius Hall. Susatina, m. David Ainsworth. 

Israel, went to Vermont. John, m. a Miss Young. 

Rhoda, m. Simeon Edson, merchant at Croydon. 

Jonathan Cutting built on the A. P. Welcome place. He 
m. Sally Jones. 

Ahnira, m. a Mr. Dunbar. Lucinda, m. Daniel Batchelder. 


Charles, m. twice, to dauo;hters of Abijah Hall, of Croydon. He went 
with liis team overland to Oregon, and was among the earliest set- 
tlers. On his arrival, he had one dollar in his pocket. He broke 
the land with his team, and built him a flouring mill ; d. a few years 
since, leaving a family. 

David, went to Vermont. \yonathan, m. Mary Chapman. 

Jonathan Cutting, s. of Jonathan ; b. Feb. 3, 1793; d. 
Mar. 16, 1865. At the age of four years, on the death of his 
father, he was bound to Jeremiah Jenckes, where he remained 
during his minority. lie was a great lover of fun, and given 
to jokes, and spent a hirge share of his leisure evenings at places 
of public resort, where crowds would always gather to enjoy 
his anecdotes. We will relate only one of the many stories 
told of him. Once laboring for a man whose love of gain re- 
quired his hands to be up, eat breakfast, and be miles away in 
the woods with an ox-team before light, he wished to give him 
a gentle reminder that he was asking too much, which was 
done in this wise: When asked to pray, one morning, he com- 
menced thus : "We thank thee, O Lord, that thou hast brought 
us in safety /^?^jr y^r through the night, and if, in thy provi- 
dence, we are permitted to see the light of another day, may 
we go forth to its duties with a cheerful heart and in thv fear," 
&c. The next morning he was permitted to eat his breakfast 
by daylight. He was a public-spirited citizen. He was a se- 
lectman some six years, and was an active deacon in the Bap- 
tist church, laboring much to promote its interests. He m. 
Mary Chapman, b. Apr. 6, 1803, d. June i, 1849. 

IVilliam W., b. Aug. 17, 1823; d. young. 

Jonathan Af., b. Nov. 14, 1824; d. young. 

Mary Rosette, b. June 25, 1826; d. Aug. 9, 1849; m. John H. Willard, 
a singer and a teacher of music. 

Alice Sophia, b. Oct. 13, 183 1; m. Avory W. Gore; r. at Cambridge- 
port, Mass. Ch., Mary Ella, b. Nov. 14, 1853; m. John Camp- 
bell ; r. at Cambridgeport, Mass. George Avory, b. Nov. 25, 1857. 
John R., b. Feb. 25, 1859. Lizzie R., b. Jan. 3, 1861. Avory W., 
b. Dec. 2, 1871. Chandler R., b. Feb. 5, 1S74. 

William J/., b. Feb. 17, 1835 ; d. young. 

Edna A., b. Sept. 10, 1837; d. young. 

Henry P., b. Alay 17, 1839; a soldier in the Rebellion; m. Mary B. 
Clark, of Claremont ; r. at Hillsborough. 

Truman C, b. Nov. 17, 1841 ; d. Mar. 24, 1867; a soldier in the Re- 


Jonas Cutting, s. of Jonas Cutting, of Croydon, settled on 
the Wm. Carr farm, on the Unity road, where he remained un- 
til nearly the close of his life. He was a tax-collector and dro- 
ver, as well as a farmer. He d. Nov. 21, 1857, '^^ ^^""^ age of 73 
years. He m. Betsey Eames, who d. Mar. 13, 1845, aged 66 
years ; m., 2d, Betsey McCollum, who d. May 8, 1867, aged 70. 

\Jonas, b. Nov. 3, 1800. 

Betsey, b. 1802; m. Hiram Crosby; d. Aug. 22, 1830. 

Carleton, b. 1803; d. Feb. 6, 1840. 

Cynthia, b. May 19, 1807; m. Benj. Rockwell; d. 1877. 

Adolplnts, b. June 25, 181 1 ; studied medicine, graduated, and in 1833 
went to Oliio, where he has had a pecuniary and professional suc- 

Albert, b. Oct. 16, 18 18 ; went to Boston. 

Sylvia, b. May 22, 1821 ; m., 1842, Frederick Pierce, and went to 
Windsor, Vt. 

George, b. May 17, 1816; d. Oct. 24, i860; m., j^pr. 6, 1842, Mahala 
Evans; b. Nov. 20, 1820. Ch., Carleton, b. Oct. 9, 1843; d. Jan. 
28, 1846. Charles J., a merchant, b. Feb. 10, 1845; d. Sept. 10, 

Altheda, m. Wm. H. Dunbar; d. Feb. i, 1840, aged 30. 

Jonas Cutting, s. of Jonas and Betsey (Eames) Cutting, 
grandson of Jonas Cutting, senior; b. Nov. 3, 1800; came to 
this town in his boyhood, with his father, from Croydon, his 
native place. He had his preparatory course at Kimball Union 
Academy, and was graduated at Dartmouth college in the class 
of 1823 ; read law with Gov. Hul3bard, of Charlestown, and 
Hon. Ruel Williams, of Augusta, Me., and was admitted to the 
bar in 1826; practised his profession at Orono and at Bangor, 
Me. ; was appointed a judge of the supreme judicial court in 
that state in 1854, which position he continued to hold, by suc- 
cessive appointments, until 1875, when, disqualified by law by 
the limitation of age, he retired from the bench which he had 
so long graced, leaning upon a golden staff, presented by the 
members of the bar. In 1858 his Alma Mater conferred upon 
him the honorary degree of doctor of laws. He d. in 1875. He 
married, in 1833, Lucretia H. Bennoch, of Orono, Me. ; m., 2d, 
in 1843, Ann R. Fails, of Taunton, Mass. He was noted for 
his sterling integrit}', and for the keenness of his wit and logic. 

Rebecca D., d. young. Elizabeth J., d. at 18. 

Frederick H., d. at 21. 

Helen A., m. Dr. Augustus C. Hamlin, only s. of Hon. Elijah L. Ham- 
lin, brother of the late vice-president. 


Freeman Cutting, s. of Francis Cutting, of Croydon ; b. 
July 19, 1S21 ; came to this town in 1S44; bought the Joseph 
Wilcox farm, on the Unity road, in 1S71. He is the most exten- 
sive farmer, has the largest stock, and pays the higliest tax, of 
any in town; is (1S7S) chairman of the board of selectmen. 
He m., .Sept. 10, 1S44, Emily A. Hubbard, of Barnard, Vt., b. 
Sept. iS, 1823. 

Ryford F., b. June 13, 1845; d. Feb. 28, 1851. 

Dennison F., b. Mar. 26, 1847; m. Luella Stearns, of Cornish, Mar. 

24, 1872. 
Emily P., b. Jan. 20, 1849; "^- Prescott Putnam, of Claremont, Oct. 11, 

1868. Ch., Alton P., Freeman C, Frankie G., Anna L. 
yohn H., b. Jan. 7, 1851 ; m. Sarah A. Wilber, of Brookfield, Vt., 

June 21, 1876. 
Bela //., b. Mar. 29. 1853. 
Lois A., b. July 15, 1855 ; m. Frank E. Jenney, of Plainfield, Sept. i, 

Asher G., b. Apr. 5, 1858. Zi/pha M., b. July 28, i860. 

Sarah J., b. Sept. 10, 1862. Abby R., b. May 11, 1865. 

Viola A., b. Sept. 3, 1868. 

Elon Cutting, a brother of Freeman ; a farmer ; b. May 10, 
1823 ; came to this town in 1S65 ; owms the M. Hurd farm 
on the Unity road. M., Apr. 16, 1850, Polly Lovilla Harding, 
of Croydon, b. Nov. 4, 183 1. 

Mary E., b. July 10, 1853 ; m.. Mar. 20, 1872, Frank E. Wright ; d. Apr. 

22, 1873. 
Anna L., b. May 22, 1855. 
Francclia J/., b. Mar. 29, 1857; a teacher. 
Helen L., b. Dec. 29, 1859; m.. Dec. 29, 1875, Frank E. Wright, — 2d 


Francis M. Cutting, also a brother of Freeman ; b. Nov. 
28, 1825; came to this town in 1S63. He m.,July 25, 1855, 
Hannah A. Baker, of Plainfield, dau. of Dimmick Baker. He 
is one of our wenlthy and prosperous farmers. 

Shepherd H. Cutting, a successful farmer, another brother 
of Freeman; b. May i, 1828; came from Croydon in 1S56; 
lives in the west part of the town on the old Claremont road. 
He m., Feb. 24, 1858, Helen F. Baker, dau. of Dimmick Ba- 
ker, of i'lainfield. 

Dimmick B., b. Jan. 28, 1862. Estie M., b. Sept. 16, 1864. 

Seth II., b. Nov. 3, 1869. 



Nathan H. Dame, b. July 31, 1S20; a farmer; came from 
Claremont in 1S51, and settled in the north-west part of the 
town ; m. Mrs. Nancy Parker. 

Alonzo M., b. Aug. 15, 1852. Henry F. Parker, b. Feb. 6, 1842. 

Hateevil Dame came from Kittery, Me., and settled in Go- 
shen. His sons, Aaron, Be77Ja77iin, Sa777uel IV., and yoe/, sub- 
sequently came to this town. 

Aaro7i, b. Sept. i, 1793; learned the clothiers' trade of Nathan Hurd, 
and went to Canada in 18 16. 

Benjamin, b. Oct. 10, 1795; learned the blacksmiths' trade of Benja- 
min Noyes; m. Mariam Flanders; ch., Benjamin F. 

Samuel W. Dame, s. of Hateevil, b. May 7.9, 1804; learned 
the cabinet trade of William Lowell ; was away from town for 
many years, residing in Vermont and Illinois. He m. Salona 
Hunton, dau. of John Hunton. 

Fra7ices, b. Sept. 2, 1831 ; m. Solon Burroughs, of Vergennes, Vt. 

Joel Dame, s. of Hateevil ; b. Sept. 6, 1791 ; was a farmer ; 
went to Lempster, where he was selectman three years, a jus- 
tice twenty-five years, and deputy sherifl' thirteen years ; re- 
turned to this town in 1871. He m. Harriet Gunnerson, of 

E7!iily R., b. Aug. 29, 1826; m. Russell Bixby; lives in Marlborough. 
Harriet Olivia, b. Sept. 27, 1836; m. Walter Scales, of Woodstock, Vt. 
\George E., b. Oct. 5, 1841. 

George E. Dame, s. of Joel, came here from Lempster in 
1871. He was bred a merchant, and was tvv^elve years in trade 
in Boston. He has been a successful business man ; was a 
representative from Lempster in 1870 and 1S71 ; was candi- 
date for senator in District No. 10 in 1873 and 1S74 ; was ap- 
pointed clerk of the court for Sullivan county in 1S74, and was 
reappointed to the same office in 1876. He has given much 
attention to farming, and has been a successful dealer in thor- 
oughbred stock. M., Apr. 28, 1868, Louisa Huntoon, of Lemp- 
ster, b. Sept., 1841. 
Guy, b. July 15, 1870. 



Lucius Wksley Darling, s. of Elijah and Iluldah (Hall) 
Darling, of Croydon; b.Jidv 10, 1S20; came to this town in 
1840. He is a man of industry, a shrewd speculator, and one 
of our wealthiest farmers. He m., Apr. 4, 1S4S, Corinth E. 
Wheeler, dau. of David Wheeler; lives on East mountain. 
Elijah Darling, his father, was a soldier in the War of 1S12. 

L. Eli, b. Oct. 29, 1850; d. 187 [. 

Emma C, b. July 28, 1852; m., Oct. 15, 1874. Henry Hiird. 

Mary E., b. Oct.' 7, 1854: m., Oct. 9, 1878, Silas C. Coffin. 

IVillis VV., b. July 31, 1856; lives in Boston. 

Huldah F., b. Nov. 12, 1859. Art/ntr IV., b. July 28, 1865. 

William Darling, a joiner; b. at Lemington, Vt., Nov. 30, 
iSio; came here from Croydon in 1822. He m., Dec. 22, 
1833, Ann Kempton, b. June 2, iSio. 

U'illia/n IV. [see Physicians] ; b. Nov. 20, 1834; m. Salona Pike. 
James P., b. Oct. 10, 1837; m. Anna Perkins, of Concord. 
Betsey J., b. Nov. 29, 1839; m. Charles Howard. 
Hiram K., b. Feb. 24, 1841 ; m. Eveline White, of Croydon. 
Warren A'., b. Apr. 24, 1844; m. Ahiy Lovejoy, of Claremont. 
Walter P., b. Oct. 13, 1845; "i- Katie Douglass, ofiMaine. 


Solomon Davis, b. Jan. 3, 1749; m.,Jan. 27, 1774, Lydia 
Park, who d. Nov. 6, 1781 ; m., 2d, June 17, 17S2, Patty Cum- 
mings, of Croydon. 

BenajaJi, b. Dec. 6, 1774. Amy, b. Nov. 5, 1776. 

Jonah, b. Dec. 9, 1778. Huldah, b. Dec. 18, 1780. 

Lydia, b. Feb. 5, 1783. Moses, b. June 5, 1785. 

Moses Davis, b. April 14, 1S06; came from Ilartland, Vt., 
in 182S ; m., April 14, 1830, Tryphena Wright. 

Hiram A\, b. Jan. 3, 1832 ; m., 1857, Sarah M. Hoyt, of Bradford. 
Sarah J., b. Aug. 3, 1833; '"•- 1857, John Harrima'n, of Lenipster. 
Alvah, b. Mar. 16, 1835; "i- Lavina J. Danforth, of Washington. 
Frances F., b. Aug. 13, 1836; m. Ansel I'utnam. 

Andrew J., b. Feb. 9, 1839; "">• -^'i" L. Willis, West Newbury, .Mass. 
Ahby T., b. Aug. 8, 1840; m. John Jenness, of Canaan. 
Mary J., b. Aug. 8, 1842; m. Henrv Bradlev, of Washington. 
Martha £"., b. May 19, 1847; m. RoUin A. Phillips, Rutland, \'t. 
Melissa A.,h. Mar. 24, 1852. 


Henry Davis, b. at Hartland, Vt, Feb. 12, 1820; came to 
this town when five years of age. He was an adopted son of 
Wm, Carr, and upon the death of Mr. Carr took the homestead 
now occupied by his son WilHam. He m. Sarah A.Fairbanks, 
June 12. 1S45, and d. Feb. 16, 1S60. 

^Williani H.,h. Jan. 24, 1847. 

Augusta A., b. July 8, 1849; m., Nov. 26, 1872, John K.Warren, a 

physician at Palmer, Mass. 
Ellen E., b. June 9, 1852; m., June 22, 1873, Geo. S. Pike. 
Edzuard E., b. June 9, 1852; d. Oct. 31, 1857. 
Mary C, b. Sept. 16, 1856. Fred M., b. Aug. 3, 1859. 

William H. Davis, s. of Henry Davis ; b. Jan. 24, 1847 ; a 
farmer ; remains at the homestead, on the Wm. Carr farm ; m., 
Oct. 27, i868, Mary J. Clough. 

Elwin H., b. Mar. 30, 1870. Edward A., b. Oct. 16, 1871. 

Edward F., b. Sept. 9, 1873. Ellen A., b. July 18, 1878. 


Solomon Dean, b. Sept. 5, 1815 ; came to this town from 
Gilsum, and was for many years an extensive manufacturer of 
flannels; d. July 22, 1874. He m., Dec. 20, 1835, Augusta 
Caroline Roby, b. Apr. 25, 181 7. 

Caroline Elizabeth, b. Sept. 3, 1837; m. Franklin Alanson Rawson. 
Marietta Emroy, b. July 31, 1840; m. Sylvester S. Ingalls. 


Harvey F. Demings, s. of John M. ; b. June 22, 1839, ^^ 
Cornish ; learned the boot and shoe trade at Northville ; settled 
here in 1875 ; m., July 25, 1869, Sarah M. Libby, dau. of Rev. 
J. B. Libby of this town, b.Jan. 14, 1849. 

Thursa A., b. June 23, 1870, Julia May, b. May 7, 1877. 


Ansyl S. Dill, b. Nov. 11, 1822, at Lewiston, Me. ; came 
to this town in July, 1861. He was engaged in tanning at the 
lower establishment, and was one of the firm of Hunton & Dill. 
In April, 1S74, he removed to Concord, where he now resides. 


and is a livery man. He m., May 8, 1862, Amanda M. Hun- 
toon, of Unity, b. Oct. 18, 1S29. 


Leander F. Dodge, b. at Grantham, Nov. 13, 1823 ; came 
here in March, 1S68, and purchased the farm and handle-shop 
of J. M. Wilmarth, on Oak St., where he has since had a suc- 
cessful business. While in his native town he commanded the 
Grantham Rifle Company, then the star company of the 31st 
Regiment, and was afterwards lieutenant-colonel. He was 
also post-master, and filled other places of trust. He was a 
selectmaji here in 1S71 and 1872. He m.. May 27, 1847, Sarah 
A. Colby. 

Elmer E., b. Oct. 23, 1848; m., Mar. 14, 1877, Edwin G. Eastman. 
Sarah L., b. Oct. 22, 1850; m., Aug. 21, 1877, Herbert J. Barton. 
Cora B., b. July 26, 1864. Rosa D., b. Nov. 3, 1866. 

Chester C. Dodge, a brother of Leander F. ; b. Dec. 4, 
1S25 ; a painter; came from Grantham, in 1869; now resides 
at Vineland, N. J. Married Maria Heath, of Enfield ; m., 2d, 
Alvira A. Kidder, of Croydon, a teacher. 

Emma M., b. Dec. 30, 1853; m. Day E. Maxfield. 
Archie R., b. Jan. i, 1867. 

Nehemiah Dodge; b. Feb. 4, 1799.; a farmer; came from 
New Boston in 1835, ^"^ settled at Kelleyvillc ; m. Betsey 
Whitney, of Francestown, b. Mar. 30, 1799. 

Albert IV., b. Sept. 13, 1830; m. Martha E., dau. of Franklin Kelley ; 
r. at Northfield, Minn. ; ch., Minnie. 

Francis, b. Sept. 22, 1833; m. Alzira E., dau. of John Chandler, 
of Goshen. He is an active and prosperous farmer, and has been 
a selectman at Croydon, where he resides. Ch., Eugene W., El- 
mer E. 

Lizzie, b. Oct. 10, 1838; m. John H. George. 

Sarah A., b. Apr. 17, 1842. 

Dexter Dodge, a merchant; b. Feb. 28, 1812, at New 
Boston; came to this town, from Goshen, in 1872. He had 
been in trade at Boston ten years, anil thirteen years at Goshen. 

Elmer Dexter Dodge, s. of Rufus ; b, Nov. 17, 1850; a 
joiner ; came to this town from Marlow, his native place, in 


1873; i-n.,June 14, 1S75, Abbie Adella Reed, of Acworth, b. 
June 14, 1S54. 

Bertha Alma, b. Nov. 5, 1876. 


Nathaniel, Mehitable, and Eliza Dow, children of Jer- 
emiah Dow, came here from Salem, N. H., in 1792, and set- 
tled in the east part of the town. Mehitable m. Aaron Net- 
tleton ; Eliza m. Joel Nettleton. 

Nathaniel Dow, s. of Jeremiah ; b. May 10, 1767 ; d. Aug. 
15, 1844; m. Nov. II, 1793, Martha Buswell. 

A7;ios, b. Nov. 18, 1793; d. Sept. 3, 181 1. 

yaines B., b. Jan. 26, 1796; went West. 

Matilda, b. May 18, 1798; m. Bela J. Sperry, of Claremont. 

Elizabeth, b. July 31, 1800; d. Feb. 16. 1854. 

Hepsibah, b. Sept. 19, 1802; m. Daniel Straw, of Hopkinton. 

Mehitable, b. Sept. 16, 1804; m. Hon. Nathan Mudget. 

Martha B., b. Dec. 23, 1806; m. Hon. Samuel Garfield, of Langdon; 

m., 2d, Seth Ricliards. 
Lydia K., b. Nov. 27, 1815; d. Mar. 7, 1816. 

Moses Dow, b. May 7, 1771 ; came from Plaistow, and set- 
tled on the J. Thayer place, on the Sunapee road, now owned 
by Lucius Lathrop. He, m. Sarah Bradley, b. May 16, 1781. 

Betsey, b. Oct. 17, 1803; m. Syene Hale [see Hale]. 

Harriet, b. Sept. 14, iSio^ d. 1823. 

Sarah B., b. June 16, 1813; d. 1833. 

Achsah P., b. Feb. 22, 1816. Lydia M., b. Feb. 2, 1820. 

HiAL Dow, s. of Zebediah ; b. Oct. 27, 1815 ; a joiner; 
came from Croydon ; m. Lura Powers, of Croydon, b. Dec. 13, 
1822. He operated for many years at Northville. Is now one 
of the firm of W. L. Dow & Co. 

^Wallace L., b. Sept. 21, 1845. ^IVilber A., b. Mar. i, 1848. 
Isabel C, b. Jan. 26, 1855 ; m. Charles M. Cummings. 

Wallace L. Dow, s. of Hial Dow ; b. Sept. 21, 1845 ; op- 
erated for several years at Northville, where he, in company 
with his father and brother, was engaged in the manufacture of 


tubs and pails for the market, in connection with the joiner 
business. They subsequently came to the village and erected 
the present extensive wood factory of W. L. Dow & Co., on 
Canal street, of which company he is the head man. He has 
rare gifts as an architect and builder, as is attested by the many 
beautiful specimens of his work in this and other states. [For 
description of liis work, see Builders, page 95.] Married Lois 
M. Whipple, dau. of Moses Whipple, of Croydon. 

Edwin IF., b. May 6, 1869. Baron C, b. Nov. 10, 1870. 

Mason //., b. June 21, 1873. Harry G., b. Aug. 22, 1875. 

Daisy Isabel, b. Mar. 31, 1877. 

WiLBER A. Dow, s. of Hial Dow; b. Mar. i, 1S48 ; is a 
joiner and builder, and is an active member of the firm of W. 
L. Dow & Co. ; m. Ellen G., dau. of William M. Gilmore. 

Willie, b. Aug. 29, 1869. Eugene H., b. Nov. 2, 1871. 

Arthur, b. Feb., 1873. Josephine, b. Apr. 10, 1875. 

Lorenzo D. Dow, s. of Lorenzo Dow; b. Aug. 22, iS-|o; 
came to this town in 1S59, and has been mainly engaged in the 
Sibley Scythe Factory, at Northville, where he now resides. 
He m., Nov. 13, 1837, Calista Haven, a teacher, dau. of James 


Daniel Dudley, Jr., b. Apr. 10, 1755, at Saybrook, Conn. ; 
was among the very earliest settlers in town ; was a shoemaker, 
merchant, and miller. He built the first village grist-mill. His 
residence was at the Newton place, south part of Main street. 
Married Mehitable Johnson, Sept. 16, 1779. 

^Daniel, b. Feb. 16, 1780. 

Silva, b. Apr. 22, 1783; m. Oct. 20, 1803, Samuel Wines. 

Mehitable, b. June 27, 1785; m. Asel Flanders, of Croydon. 

Betsey, b. July 4, 1787; m. Ansel Comstock. 

Lucy, b. Dec. 27, 1790; ni. Uude Connor. 

IVilliani, b. May 12, 1793 ; ni. dau. of Moses Goodwin. 

James, b. Oct. i, 1797 ; went to Boston, where he m. and d. 

D.VNiEL Dudley, s. of Daniel, a shoemaker, operating at the 
south part of Main street; was a soldier in the War of iSi 2, 


for which service to his country his widow drew a pension dur- 
ing the remainder of her life. He m. Susan Cutting. 

Mehitable, b. Nov. 3, 1800; m. Adams Dickey. 
]Abijah, b. Apr. 7, 1805. 

Mahala, b. June 16, 1807 ; m. Jerry Hubbard, who d. in Boston, where 
she resides. 

Abijah Dudley, s. of Daniel ; b. Apr. 7, 1S05 ; is a shoema- 
ker, and resides at the homestead at the south part of Main 
street, where he has spent most of his life. He m., May 7, 
1S36, Lucinda Clark, dau. of Ephraim Clark. 

Rufus P., b. Apr. 7, 1839; was a barber, in which trade he was quite 
successful ; built the Dudley block, now occupied by his broth- 
er, George Freeman. Ill-health compelling him to quit this busi- 
ness, he has since been engaged in farming. M., May 4, 1865, 
Elizabeth Morse, of Newbury. 

Mary F., b. Mar. 10, 1844; m., Dec, 1866, Oliver Boyden, a trader; 
she d. Mar. 4, 1875. 

Franklin P., b. Sept. 13, 1846; is a boot and shoemaker in the estab- 
lishment of J. H. Patch, of this town; m., June i, 1875, Mary J. 
Haines, of Croydon. 

Charles E.,h. Mar. 6, 1847 ; a boot and shoemaker, and a skilful work- 
man ; m., Nov. 29, 1871, Addie S. George; r. at Pueblo, Col. 

Geo7-ge Freejnan, b. Sept. 18, 1853; m., Feb. 22, 1876, Nellie M. 
Trow, of Goshen. 

Daniel IV., h. Mar. 7, 1854; m., Dec. 4, 1878, Jennie M. Scribner. 

yo/in y., b. June 14, 1856; a clerk in the store of Richards & Coffin. 

John Dudley, cousin to Daniel; b. Feb. 35, 1758, at Say- 
brook, Conn ; came to this town about 17S2. He was a skilful 
mechanic ; superintended the building of grist-mills in the vil- 
lage, and at Sunapee and Croydon. He m,,June 20, 17S2, 
Lydia Stevens, of Killingworth, Conn. 

Abigail, b. Sept. 13. 1783. Lydia, b. Oct. 14, 1784. 

Deborah, b. Aug. 14, 1786. Milla, b. Apr. 10, 1789. 

Susa, b. Mar. 12, 1791. Sarah, b. May 23, 1793. 

Johti, b. May 7, 1795. A'athaniel S., b. July 5, 1797. 

T. Fisher Dudley, s. of Capt. Jeremiah Dudley ; b. Aug. 
18, 1806; d. Aug. 22, 1872; was in trade in this town with 
Seth Richards, afterwards at Lowell, Mass. ; spent the latter 
portion of his life in farming at the place now owned by Mr. 
Farkhurst. He m., June 4, 1835, Lucy C. Kibbey, dau. of 
Philip W. Kibbey, who d. May 17, 1854; m., 2d, Apr. 11, 
18=^';, Loanda N. Meigs, b. June 30, 1822, d. Feb. 17, 1S73. 


Hetiry F., b. Aug. 9, 1838. George D., b. Jan. 8. 1840. 

Milo H., b. June 19, 1842. Charles E., b. Jan. 3, 1844. 

Sarah E., b. May 25, 1846. Edmund, b. Mar. 29, 1851. 

Fred H. and Frank T., twins, b. Oct. 20, 1857. 


William Dunton, a scythe-maker ; b. Nov. 9, 181 7, at Mill- 
bury, Mass. ; came to this town in 1S42, and purchased the in- 
terest of Sylvanus Larned in the scythe factory at Northville ; 
formed a partnership with Ezra T. .Sibley, and with him con- 
tinued the scythe business. Subsequently, having disposed ol 
his interest to Mr. Sibley, he operated at his trade in Canada, 
and at Fitchburg, Mass., since which he has been in the gro- 
cery trade in Wheeler's block, and has been engaged in 
various speculations. He was a selectman in 1S69. M., 
Aug. I, 1844, Lois Corbin, dau. of Hon. Austin Corbin. 

Emma, b. May i, 1846; d. Sept. 21, 1847. 

Mary A.,h. Aug. 22, 1848 ; educated at Millbury academy. 

Frederick W., b. June 9, 1851; educated at Millbury academy; cash- 
ier of the Corbin ]ianking Co., New York city; m., Feb. 13, 1878, 
Emily M. Morgan, of Brooklyn, N. Y. 


John Duxklee, a jeweller ; b. at Amherst, this state. Sept 
5, 17S4; built the Jones house near the village cemetery. He 
m. Lucretia Buell, Feb. 31, 1808. 

William S., b. Dec. 12, 1808 ; a printer and editor; now publishes the 

Detroit Tribioie. 
Henry H., b. Sept. 21, 1810. 

Emily M., b. Aug. 18, 1812 ; m. Luke Atwood, and went to Elgin, 111. 
Hubbard H., b. Aug. 19, 1S17; went to Detroit, Mich., and became an 

Louisa, b. Oct. 3, 1820; m. Isaac C. Tenney. 
Sophia C, b. Dec. 8, 1822; m. Robert Bunnell, of Claremont. 
Harvey P., b. June 7, 1825 ; was killed at Stoddard. 


Caleb Dunbak, a carriage-maker; b. Nov. 7, 1808, at Gran- 
tham; operated at his trade several years in this town, when 
he moved to Manchester. Ch., Aag-itsta, Charles, Eveline, 
George^ Frances, Ed-ward, Sidney. 


William H. Dunbar, brother of Caleb, also a carriage-ma- 
ker ; b. Nov. 8, 1S12 ; d. Apr. 28, 1S77. He m. Altheda Cut 
ting, dau. of Jonas Cutting, who d. Feb. i, 1840, aged 30 ; m., 
2d, Mary Ann Hurd, who d. Mar. 12, 1873, aged 58; m. 3d, 
Mrs. Martha A. Wells, dau. of Horatio Metcalf. 

WilUani H., a carriage-painter; b. Oct. 7, 1839; ^i^'^s at Medford, 
Mass. M., Dec. 25. 1863, Laura Carr, of Orford, b. July 18, 1841. 
Ch., Mary A., b. Feb. 5, 1866 ; Jesse W., b. June 8, 1868. 

Lillian M., b. June 22, 1859, dau. of Mrs. (Wells) Dunbar by first hus- 

Edwin H.Dunbar, a fanner and poultry dealer; b. Dec. 17, 
1840; came here in 1S72 ; lives at the T. Herrick place on 
Summer street. He m. Ella R. Stewart, of Farmington, Me. 

Eugene B., b. June 19, 1873. Ralph S., b. Mar. 12, 1875. 


Solomon Dunham, b. June 15, 1760; came from Attlebor- 
ough, Mass., in 1784? ^^^d settled on the L. Lawton farm on 
Pike hill. He was a soldier in the Revolution; d. July i, 
1843. He m., Jan. 22, 1784, Sally Blanden, b. June 15, 1760. 

Solomon, b. Dec. 3, 1784; was a clothier, having learned his trade of 
Reuben Bascom ; he went to Bethel, Vt., and from thence to North- 
field, in the same state; m. a Miss Smith, of Bethel, and had a 

^Benjatnin, b. June 12, 1786. 

Othaniel, b. 1788; went to Bethel, Vt. 

Sally, b. May 15, 1789; m. Eli Howe. 

Lucy, b. May. 1791 ; m. Jessiel Perry. 

iV^/zO'.b. 1793; unmarried. 

Rlwda, b. 1795 ; m. Rev. Simeon Chamberlin. 

Polly, b. 1797; m. Stephen Call. Fanny, b. 1799; m. Asa Webster. 

Betsey, b. 1803; d. at 12 years. 

Olive, b. 1805; m. Matthew H. Moody. 

John Dunham, brother of Solomon ; b. Aug. 2, 1762 ; came 
here from Attleborough, Mass., in 1785, but after a brief pe- 
riod returned to his native town. He m., Mar. 10, 1785, Anna 
Rounds, b. Feb. i, 1768. 

George, b. Mar. 30, 1786; Anna, Betsey, Lydia. 

Hepsebah Dunham, half sister of Solomon, Sen. ; b. May 
23, 1755 ; m., Nov. 25, 1773, Stephen Ferry. 


Nathaniel Dunham, m. Mary Northover : d. at Montpcl- 
ier, Vt. 

Benjamin Dunham, s. of Solomon, Sen.; b. June 12, 1786; 
d. Aug. 25, 1841 ; m. Eliza Mirick, sister of Benjamin, the 

Betijainin Jf., m. Betsey Carr; lived on the L. Lawton farm. Ch., 
Charles P., b. Feb. 17, 1839; George F.; William H.; David E. 
and Elmira, twins. 

Daniel B., m. Calista R. Howe, and removed to Vermont. 

Nelson, m. Abigail Hurd. Solomon, d. young. 

Martha, m. James Goodwin. Lucy, m. and went to Maine. 

Timothy Dunham, b. Jan. 3, 1835 ; m. Sarah S. Tennev ; 
m., 2d, Mrs. Louisa A. Lewis. Ch., Josephitie E.^ b. Oct. 20, 
1861 ; Eugene^ b. 1864; Abraham L.^ b. July 22, 1866. 


Robert Durkee and his three sons, Rufus, Moses Paine, 
and Asa, came from Brimfield, Conn., and settled on the H. 
Brown place, in the north part of the town, where he d. Dec. 
21, 1803, aged 70 years. He was a shoemaker by trade, and 
with the Rev. Bial Ledoyt, carried on the shoe business in con- 
nection with his farming operations. His wife, Mehitable, d. 
May 14, 181 7, aged 83 years. Asa went to New^ York. 

Rurus Durkee, s. of Robert; m. Polly, dau. of Thomas 
Whipple, and removed to Croydon, where he carried on the 
tanning business at the East Village, during the remainder of 
his life. He was the father oi Ruel Durkee^ who was b. July 
14, 1807, and who has for so long a time occupied a promi- 
nent position in that town ; who has been a representative 
two years and a selectman thirty years, and has held positions 
of trust in the state. He was also father o^ Lavina Durkee^ 
who m. John B. Stowell ; and oi Paine Durkee, b. Oct. 7, 
18 1 7, who was a representative from that town, was an ollicer 
during the Rebellion, and the inspector of customs at I'orts- 
mouth, where he d. 

Moses Paine Durkee, s. of Robert ; b. 1763 ; occupied the 
homestead until his death, which occurred in September, 1837. 


He was an active business man. He had a well-tilled farm, a 
large stock, and a fine dairy. In addition to his farming he 
owned and operated an oil-mill standing on the site of the W. 
L. Dow factory, the village grist-mill, and the lower village tan- 
nery, and was also an extensive drover. He took a lively in- 
terest in church matters. He was a representative in 1830 and 
in I S3 1, and was several years a selectman. Married Lucy 
Perry, who d. Oct. 15, 1801, aged 37; m., 2d, Patty Dwinell, 
who d. July 20, 180S, aged 28 ; m., 3d, Patty Cilley. 

\Ziba, b. June 10, 1786. \RucI, b. May 11, 1791. 

Lucy, b. Jan 20, 1793; m. Elijah Rickard, of Cornish. 

Martha, b. May 28, 1815 ; m. Sumner Miller. She d. Sept. 16, 1841. 

Moses Paine, b. Aug. 13, 1816; went to Lebanon, where he is engaged 

in mechanical business. Married Olive E. Ricker, who d. 1873; 

m., 2d, in 1874, Martha J. Abbott, of Maine. 

ZiBA DuRKEE, s. of Moscs Paine Durkee ; b. June 10, 1786; 
m., Mar. i, 181 2, Lovisa McGregor, b. Sept. 5, 1792, and went 
to Hanover, where he has spent most of his life at farming. He 
d. Oct. II, 1S7S, at Lebanon, where he had resided for several 

Ziba F., b. Dec. 17, 1812; m., October, 1845, Sophronia Bennett, of 
Wentworth Location. 

Lucy. b. June 8, 1814; m., April, 1846, James H. Buck, of Lebanon. 

Marijida, b. Oct. 8, 1816; m., June 2, 1844, Chandler Drake, of Sut- 
ton, Mass. 

William P., b. Mar. 22, 1819; m., Nov., 1853, Louisa M. Seavey, of 

Esther M.. b. Apr. 2, 1821; m., May 25, 1852, Franklin Tucker, of 
Northfield, Vt. 

George H., b. Jan. 25, 1831 ; m., 1854, Lois M. Mellen, of Newport. 

RuEL Durkee, son of Moses P. Durkee; b. May 11, 1791. 
He early removed to Hanover, where he spent his life at farm- 
ing. He m. Huldah, dau. of James White. 

Ruel C. early in life had a fondness for military display. For quite a 
number of years he occupied the Eli Jacobs residence, which was 
then situated in the north part of the town, between the C. C. 
Shedd and Wm. Haven farms. Has long r. at Hanover. 

Philatider , a successful business man at Hanover; m. Caroline Mason. 
Ch., Albert, John, Moses. 

Betsey, m. Eben Delano, of Hanover. Ch., Clarence E., Clara C, 
Grace, Delivan C. 

Huldah E., m. Elisha Ticknor, of Lebanon. Ch., Clarence, Eugene, 
Florence L., Mabel. 

Lucy, m. Frank S. Gould, of Hanover. Ch., Emily, Alice, Frank, Fan- 
ny, Jennie. 



MicHAia. Duiioix, after following the sea for some time, 
came to this town, and was a merchant at Northville. He went 
to Boston, where he died in 1S53, aged 59 years. 

Uriel H. Duttox, a grain and lumber dealer; b. Feb. 2S, 
1842; came from Ilartland, Vt., in 1871 ; m. Mary Seaver. 
He built and occupied for some time the grain store on Corn 
alley, now owned by Frank P. Rowell. 


Jacob Dwinell, a blacksmith residing at Kelleyville ; b. 
1782; m., Feb. 5, 1807, Temperance Church, who d. Feb. 12, 
1S15 ; m., 2d, July 10, 1816, Polly Chellis, of Goshen, who d. 
Nov. 6, 1853, aged 68 years. He d. Aug. 17, 1862. 

Edmund, b. Aug. 2, 1807. Solon, b. Apr. 30, 1808; d. young. 

Patty, b. Dec. 20, 1810; d. young. Caleb, b. F'eb. 17, 1813. 
Temperance, b. May 21, 1819; m. Franklin Kelley; lives at Northfield, 


Benjamin Eastman, s. of Joseph and grandson of Benjamin ; 
b. at Salisbury, Mass., Sept. 9, 1730; came to this town from 
Boscawen in 17S1. He descended from Roger Eastman, who 
came from England in 1640, and settled at Salisbury, Mass, He 
was a deacon. He lived on the T. J. Eastman farm, on the 
Unity road, which farm is now occupied by the fifth generation. 
He m. Susannah Jackman. 

Jeremiah, b. July 2, 1758. ^Johnson, b. Nov. 15, 1764. 

Susannah, b. Aug., 1766. Ezra, b. June, 4, 1769. 

Enoch, b. Oct. 26, 1772. ^A>nos, b. Dec. 18, 1774. 

Hannah, b. Mar. 18, 1777. Benjamin, b. June 22, 17S1. 
Susannah, b. Mar. 6, 1784. 

JoHNSOX, s. of Dea. Benjamin; b Mar. i^, 1764; 
lived on East mountain ; went to New York. He m. Sally 

Nathan, b. Sept. 29. 1791. Lois, b. Mar. 28, 1794. 

Polly, b. July 11, 1798. John, b. Mar. iS, 1802. 

Sukey, b. Jan. 11, 1804. Feleucia, b. Aug. 3, 1807. 
Nathaniel C, b. Jan. 3, 1S12, 


Amos Eastman, s. of Benjamin ; b. Dec. 24, 1775; lived at 
the homestead on the Unity road. He m. Joanna Buell, b. May 

4^ ^775- 

\Thomas J.,h. Aug. 23, 1803. 

Mary A.,\i. Jan. 30, 1808: d young. 

John, b. Sept. 8, 181 1 ; m. Mary Gilbert: went to Michigan. 

Horace, b. Feb. 19, 1812; m. Emma Wells; went to Miles, Mich. Ch.. 
Lois K. 

Amos, b. July 4, 181 5; studied medicine with Dr. J. L. Swett, and af- 
ter graduating practised at Chester, Vt., where he died early in life. 
His enterprise and talent gave promise of a life of usefulness. 

Albert, b. Nov. 29, 18 ig; m. Lucinda Wood. Ch., Arlie E., Horace A., 
Lydia A. 

Thomas J. Eastman, s. of Amos ; b. Aug. 23, 1803 ; m. Eve- 
line Wood, b. May 18, 1S08, He resided at the homestead on 
the Unit}' road ; was for a while engaged in staging. 

Adnah S., b. Oct. 29, 1835; ™' Charles C. Aspinwall ; r. at Concord. 

Ch., Ada M. 
Charles J., b. May 6, 1838. Silas B., b. Jan. 27, 1840. 

Ajiios, b. July 21, 1841. 

Jo]m S., b. Aug. 29, 1843; m. Nellie Mitchell. 

William, b. Apr. 10, 1846; m. Jennette R. Dinsmore. Ch., Lena C. 
Jrank P., b. Feb. 7, 1848. 


Nathan T. Eaton lived on the Benj. Reed place, on the 
Unity road; m. Jane L. Youngman, dau. of Mrs. Reed by a 
former husband. Came here in 1S62. 


The Edes family came from the easterly part of England, and 
were among the early settlers in Massachusetts. They trace 
their pedigree back some three hundred years to a clergyman 
who was ejected from his living for nonconformity. As a fam- 
ily they are noted for longevity, several attaining to over ninety 
years of age. 

Amasa Edes, s. of Samuel and grandson of Nathan Edes ; b. 
Mar. 21, 1792, at Antrim, N. H. He m.. Mar. 20, 1822, Sa- 
rah Hart, of Keene, b. July 5, 1795, d. Oct. 8, 1S69, [See Law- 

Joseph IV., b. May 30, 1823; d. June 8, 1828. 
\Samuel H., b. Mar. 31, 1825. 





Samuel H. Edes, s. of Amasa Edes ; b. Mar. 31, 1825 ; m., 
Dec. 30, 1847, Julia A. Noursc, of Acworth. [See Lawyers.] 

iGearife C, h. Apr. 23, 1849. 

William A., b. Dec. 5, 1854; a student at Kimball Union Academy; 

had musical talent; d. Sept. 29, 1872. 
Samuel, b. Sept. 4, 1857; d. Sept. 24, 1858. 
Marcia J., b. Sept. 5, 1859. 

George C. Edes, s. of .Samuel II. Edes; b. Apr. 23, 1849; 
was educated at Kimball Union Academy ; early became a 
clerk in the dry goods store of his father, and on attaining his 
majority was admitted to partnership with him, and with him 
has since been engaged in trade. He is a prominent member 
of the Masonic fraternity ; was one of the projectors of the Sun- 
apee telegraph, and is now president of that company. He was 
town-clerk in 1S73 and 1S74, and in 187S was elected one of 
the supervisors of the town. Married Lizzie Lyons. 
Frank //., b. June i, 1874. Elizabeth J., b. Apr. 3, 1876. 


Jacob Ellis and his three sons, Arnold, Jacob, and Asa, 
came from Meriden, Conn., and settled on the F. Boardman 
place, Pleasant street. Jacob and Asa were never married. 
Jacob, the father, d. Dec. 15, 181 2, aged 83 years. 

Arnold Ellis, s. of Jacob ; b. Oct. 29, 1776 [see Physicians]. 

He m.,Oct. 24, 1799, Elizabeth Dudley ; m., 2d, Feb. 24, 1805, 

Hannah Buell ; d. Feb. 4. 1830, aged 44 years. 

Arnold JF., b. July 21, 1800. Horace, b. Mar. 5, 1807. 

Moranda, b. Apr. 30, 1809. Hannah M., b. Mar. 8, 181 1. 

Caleb Ellis was one of tlie prominent men of the state. 
[See Lawyers.] 

George A. Ellis, s. of Nathan Ellis, of Gilsum ; a manu- 
facturer ; b. Nov. 14, 1839; came to this town Jan. i, 1S57; 
m., Nov. 8, 1859, Julia Haywood, of Acworth, b. July 17, 1S36 ; 
m., 2d, Aug. 9, 1863, Kate P. George, b. April 13, 1845, dau. 
of Samuel E. George. He has been an overseer in the Granite 
Alills since their completion in 1S67. 

Lora E., b. Apr. 15, 1861. Josie A., b. June 23, 1870. 

Maud, b. June 28, 1873. Charlotte A., b. Sept. 23, 1874. 



A family of six Emersons came from Newbury, — Pierce, 
who d. a bachelor ; Clark; Benjamin, who m. ]Miss Kemp- 
ton, of Croydon; Membra, who m. David Stockwell, of Croy- 
don ; Cyrus, who went to Boston, where he d. ; and Rosa, 
whom. John Lane. 

Clark Emerson, b. Jan. 20, 1784; d. May 19, 1843; was 
for many years prominent among our brick-makers ; m. Susan- 
na Reed, of Croydon, who d. Mar. 4, i860, aged 73 years. 

Oliver, b. Sept. 2, 1809; a brick-maker. 

Loviiia, b. Sept. 5, 1811 ; d. aged 48. 

L7icy A., b. Aug. 17, 1814; m. Chas. Kelsey. 

Cyi'us, b. Sept. 6, 1818 ; d. aged 45. 

^Chai'les, b. Mar. 16, 1822. Louisa, b. July 28, 1824. 

\Moses R., b. May 19, 1828. 

Charles Emerson, s. of Clark ; b. Mar. 16, 1822: a stone- 
mason and farmer. He is a man of extraordinary mechanical 
genius. He was a selectman in 1855 and 1856, and a repre- 
sentative in 1867. In 1852 and 1853 he was in California. He 
m., Feb. 7, 1854, Betsey A. Emerson, dau. of Jonathan and 
Sally (White) Emerson, b. Mar. 15, 182S. 

Frances Z., b. May 20, 1855. E. Nettie, b. Mar. 26, 1859. 

Charles J., b. Feb. 28, 1862. 

Moses R. Emerson, s. of Clark ; b. May 19, 182S; when a 
boy of 13 years, went to live with John B. Stowell, who was 
appointed post-master, and had charge of the office several 
years. Later he was clerk in a dry-goods store at Lowell, 
Mass., and afterwards clerk in a hardware store in Boston two 
years. Returning to Newport, he entered the store of S. Rich- 
ards & Sons as clerk, where he remained until 1S53, when he 
was married, and settled at Ludlow, Vt., beginning business for 
himself in a country store. In 1855 he sold out his business at 
Ludlow, and removed to Claremont, N. H., where he was in 
the dry -goods business nearly twenty years. In 1S73 he sold 
out his business at Claremont to accept the position of special 
agent and adjuster for the Home Fire Insurance Company of 


New York, for the states of Maine, New Hampshire, and Ver- 
mont, which position he now occupies. In 1S77 he removed 
to Concord, where he is now permanently locatech lie repre- 
sented tlie town of Chxremont in the letrislature in 1S66 and 
1S67; was bank commissioner in 1S70, 1871, 1S73, and 1S74. 
Married, Sept. 23, 1S53, Helen, dau. of Capt. Seth Rich- 
ards, who d. Mar. 30, 186S ; m., 2d, June 9, 1S69, Alice Bart- 
lett Goddard, dau. of E. L. Goddard, of Claremont. 

Edwin Herbert, b. Mar. 16, 1855; d. Nov. 21, 1865. 

Fanny Richards, b. June 15, 1857. 

Charles Henry, b. May 27, 1S59; d. Sept. 19, 1859. 

William Foster, b. Aug. 6, 1861. Herbert Clark, b. Dec. 19, 1865. 

Jonathan Emerson, b. April 24, 1799; came here from 
Goshen, his native place, in 1828. He settled on Thatcher 
hill, but now has a residence on the Goshen road. He m., 
July 10, 1822, Sally, dau. of Enoch White, b. Aug. 24, 1802. 

Betsey A., b. Mar. 15, 1828; m. Charles Emerson. 

Jonathan Emerson, 2d, b. Aug. 25, 1792, at Weare ; 
came to this town from Newbury; lived in the north part of 
the town, on the S. Kempton farm, now occupied by Hilliard 
Rowell ; subsequently removed to Lebanon, where he tl. Feb. 
12, 1873. He was an enterprising and prosperous farmer. M., 
1S13, Polly Collins, of Danville, b. July 3, 17S7, d. Sept. S, 

\Hiram, b. May 17, 1813. 

Susan, b. May 12, 181 5 ; m. Wilder L. Bartlett. 

\yonathan, b. Sept. 1, 18 17. 

Ar^nlla B., b. Apr. 22, 1820; m. L. N. Kempton, of Claremont. 

\James, b. Jan. 2, 1823. \Moses IV., b. Mar. 21, 1825. 

\Albro v., b. July 10, 1827. \CyrHs J., b. Mar. ii, 1830. 

Lticena A.,\). Km^.z-j, 1834; twin; d. July 18, 1858. Married Oren 
T. Hayes. Ch., Harry H., b. Sept. 25, 1851 ; d. young. Henry 
H., b. June 21,1853: m., Dec. 3, 1874, Caceelia N. Chicquot. of 
Hastings, Minn.; r. in Sunapee ; ch., Harry H., b. June 28, 1876; 
Harly H., b. Oct. 26, 1877. Nina A., b. Oct. 2, 1878. 

Lucina J/., b. Aug. 27. 1834; twin; m., Dec. 24, 1857, Robert Buck; 
d. at Hastings, Minn., June 7, 1859. 

Hiram Emerson, s. of Jonathan and Polly (Collins) Emer- 
son; b. May 17, 1S13. He spent his boyhood on the farm 


with his father, after which he learned the blacksmiths' trade, 
and was for several years engaged at that business in this 
town. He removed to Lebanon, where he has since resided. 
He m., Oct. 5, 1S37, Lydia K., eldest dau. of Hon. Jeremiah 
D. Nettleton, of this town. 

Zilpha E., h. Dec. 15, 1838; d. May 7, 1840. 

jhanny A., b. Mar. 22, 1841 ; m., Mar. 10, 1863, Edwin Harris; r. at 

St. Johnsbury, Vt. 
Willie, b. Mar. 7. 1843; d. young. 
Z. Elisabeth, b. Oct. 19, 1844; m,, Mar. 25, 1868, Grafton Griggs; d. 

May I, 1870, at Rutland, Vt. 
Ellen B., b. May 22, 1847; m., July 6, 1871, Harvey H. Carter; r. at 

Holyoke, Mass. 
Edwin B., b. May 22, 1847; m. July 6, 1871, Mary L. Parsons; r. at 

Salisbury. N. H. 
Marietta E., b. Apr. 18, 1852; d. young. 
Frederick H., b. Feb. 2, 1857; r. at Lebanon. 

Jonathan Emerson, s. of Jonathan and Polly (Collins) 
Emerson; b. Sept. 2, 1817; m., June 7, 1S40, Lucretia W. 
Martin, of Weare, b. July 8, 1815. He learned the black- 
smiths' trade, and opened a shop at Northville, where he has 
long had a prosperous business. He has an especial gift at 

Christiana L., b. Nov. 13, 1843; "^m Nov. 30, 1865, Edwin H. Wake- 
^Charles M., b. Nov. 25, 1846. 
Addie L., b. Sept. 18, 1848 ; m., Oct. 19, 1869, Chas. H. Matthews. 

Charles M. Emerson, s. of Jonathan Emerson, Jr. ; b. 
Nov. 35, 1846 ; was at New London Academy in 1S65 and '66. 
The latter year he became a clerk in the store of Gilman C. 
Whipple, at Lebanon, where he remained seven years. He 
then came to Newport, and commenced business for himself 
He m., April 15, 1873, Luella E., dau. of Qiiartus Fletcher, of 
Cornish, b. Feb. 7, 1849. 

James Emerson, s. of Jonathan and Polly (Collins) Emer- 
son; b. Jan. 2, 1823 ; was for a while engaged in the harness 
business with E. Wheeler, after which he went to Manchester, 
and from thence to Lowell, Mass. ; m. Sarah A. Whitcomb, of 
this town, dau. of Dea. Parmenas Whitcomb. 

Ella T., Minnie, Hattie F., yames. 


Moses W. Emerson, s. of Jonathan and Polly (Collins) 
Emerson ; h. Mar. 21, 1825 ; removed to Enfield, where he d. 
Apr. 20, 1872 ; m., 1850, Ann E. Crosby, dau. of Freeman 
Crosby, of Croydon. 

Arthur S., b. Aug. 9. 1852. Ida ;]/., b. Sept. 8, 1855. 

Florence B., b. Aug. 23, 1864. Alma C, b. July 4, 1866. 

ArnRO V. Emerson, s. of Jonathan and Polly (Collins) 
Emerson ; b. July 10, 1827 ; a farmer; r. at Lebanon ; m , Jan. 
I, 1S50, Josephine E. Kempton. 

Mary A., b. Sept. 29, 1850. Lucy Isabel, b. July 18, 1852. 

Frank F., b. Sept. 16, 1854. Helen J., b. June 10, 1857. 

Elmer E., b. Sept. 22, 1858. 

Cyrus J. Emerson, s. of Jonathan and Polly (Collins) Emer- 
son ; b. Mai-. II, 1S30; m., Apr. 21, 1850, Betsey M., dau. of 
Harvey and Mary Straw, b. in Claremont, Oct. 24, 1S30; r. at 
Granby, Conn. 

George E., b. July 28, 185 1. Cyrus J., b. Mar. 9, 1854. 

Alice M., b. July 27, 1856. Katie E., b. Mar. 14, 1859 

Henry E., b. Aug. 31, 1862. Arthur D., b. June 20, i865. 
■Jiarlie H., b. Dec. 21, 1867. 

William Emerson, b. June i, 1S06 ; came here from Goshec 
m 1855, and purchased. the farm on Unity road now occupiea 
by Simon A. Tenney. After remaining there several years he 
sold out, and purchased the village grist-mill, where he had a 
successful business for several years. He m. Emily Nichols, of 
Lempster. He d. in 1871. 

Mary E., b. Aug. 24, 1829; m. Milan G. Booth, of Unity; ch., Will- 
iam G. 
Troupe N., b. Dec. 18, 1831 ; d. young. 
Helen N., b. July 28, 1837; m. Aaron N. Griffin. 
Emily, b. May 7. 1840; d. young. 
William O., b. Mar. 12, 1843; d. in the army. 
Alira E., b. Dec. 30, 1848 ; m. Edward Stevens. 


Elijah P. Emery, s. of Amos; b. May 24, 1S24, at New- 
bury; came here in 1S55. He m., Dec. 20, 1849, Ruth M. 
Blodgett, dau. of Nathaniel Blodgett ; had two ch., both d. 


Simon A. Emery, brother of Elijah P. ; came to this town 
about 1S55. He m.. Feb., 1S53, Elvira D. Blodgett ; m., 3d, 
a lady from Maine ; had two ch., d. young. 


Morris J. Emmons, s. of Samuel Emmons; b. May 13. 
1833, at Charlestown. His father was the former landlord of 
the Newport House. He has devoted his life to the tanning 
business ; is now in the establishment of Lyman Rounsevel ; m. 
Jane E. Osgood. 

Edwin H., b. Jan. i, 1862. Mary S., b. Oct. 16, 1865. 

Samne/ A/., h. Mar. 17, 1873. 


Samuel Endicott was b. at North Danvers, Mass., Dec. 14, 
1754. He and his son, Timothy Leach, came to this town, and 
bought the Giles mill in the east part of the town, on the spot 
now occupied by the Granite Mills, where the family resided 
until 1S36, when they sold out and removed to the place since 
occupied by them in the west part of the town. He was a de- 
scendant, in the sixth generation, from John Endicott, the first 
governor of Massachusetts. He was a surgeon's mate in the 
Revolution ; d. Apr. 8, 1840, aged 84. He m. Demaris Os- 
born, who d. May 9, 1S34, aged 84. 

Timothy Leach Endicott, s. of Dr. Samuel Endicott; b. 
Dec. 26, 1785 ; d. June 15, 1849. He m. Mary Trask, of Rox- 
bury, Mass., Apr. 5, 1812, who d. May 27, 1871, aged 78 years. 

\WUliam, b. Aug. 20, 18 13. Mary, b. May 8, 18 15. 

Lydia, b. Feb. 7, 1817; m. Reuben Roberts, of Amherst, Mass. Ch., 

Mary Catherine. 
John, b. Sept. 9, 1821. Jacob O., b. Apr. 20, 1823. 

John and Jacob r. at the homestead, west of Kelleyville. 

William Endicott, s. of Timothy Leach, a farmer residing 
in the Kelleyville district. He m., Apr. 9, 1839, Lydia K. 
Goodwin, of Tunbridge, Vt., b. Mar. 17, 1815. 

^George IV., b. Nov. 17, 1840. \Henry W., b. Jan. 10, 1845. 
Elleti M.,h. Apr. 6, 1856. 


George W. Endicott, s. of William ; b. Nov. 17, 1S40; a 
farmer, residing in the Kellcyville district. He m.,June 8, 
1S65, Marietta Lewis, of Amherst, Mass. 

Fred E., b. Apr. 3, 1867. Clara, b. May 30, 1871. 

Ida M,, b. Mar. 29, 1873. 

Henry W. Endicott, s. of William; b. Jan. 10, 1S45 ; ^ 
farm in the Kelleyville district. He m., Feb. 23, 1S72, Phebe 
Skilton, of Burlington, Mass. 



Randall Evans, a farmer; b. Mar. 3. 1822; m., Feb. 11, 
1845, Harriet E. Howe, and occupies the A. Howe farm in 
the soutli-west part of the town. 

Albro (J., b. Mar. 18, 1846; m., Sept. 10, 1872, Ada Farnsworth, of 

Claremont. Ch., Charles A., b. Alar. 4, 1873. 
Emma J., b. July 18, 1852; m., Oct. 10, 1869, Horace D. J. Sprague. 

Ch., Minnie, b. May 3, 1870; Herman H., b. July 29, 1873. 


Richard C. Everett, b. ]Mar. 7, 1792, at Lunenburg, Vt. ; 
a farmer ; lived on the west slope of Oak hill, on the farm now 
occupied by his son, Charles P., where he d. Aug. 18, 1869. 
He m. Rhoda Hoskins, of Grafton, who d. Feb. 15, 1877, aged 
84 years. 

Samuel H. IV. B., b. Sept. 17. 1820; had a literary taste, and was ac- 
tively engaged in its pursuits during his brief life ; d. May 5, 1843. 
[See Literature.] 

\Charlcs P., b. Mar. 28, 1825. 

Rhoda H. E., b. Aug. 26, 1829; m. James M. Kenerson. [See Litera- 

Charles P. Everett, s. of Richard C. Everett ; b. Mar. 28, 
1825 ; has devoted himself to farming, operating at the home- 
stead on Oak hill. Has twice been a candidate for represent- 
ative. He m., ]May 6, 1858, Rosaline G. Page, dau. of John 




Jabez Fairbanks, b. Feb. 24, 1788; came from Frances- 
town in 1840, and purchased the farm on Ehn street now occu- 
pied b}' his son, George H. Fairbanks, and there remained until 
his death. He m., Jan. 3, 1814, Sally Bixby, b. Jan. 29, 1789; 
m., 2d, Mary Bixby. 

Elmira, b. Dec, 1814; d. May 30, 1846. 
Sarah Ann, b. Dec. 16, 1818; m. Henry Davis. 
Eliza J., b. Mar. 5, 1821 ; d. Aug. 31, 1821. 
Mary E., b. Jan. 29, 1826; m. Dexter Peabody. 
\George H., b. June 4, 1830. 

George H. Fairbanks, s. of Jabez ; b. June 4, 1830; came 
to this town with his father in 1S40, and labored with him on 
his farm until he attained his majority ; since which time he 
has had charge of the farm and stock, and has been a thriving 
and successful farmer. He has also for many years been en- 
gaged in trade, at first with George W. Nourse, and since with 
Philip Royce, with whom he still operates. He was a rep- 
resentative in 1877 ; is an active and leading member in the 
Methodist church. He m. Eunice E. Chapin, dau. of Dea. 
Henry Chapin; m., 2d, Nov. 19, 1855, Helen M. Nourse, b. 
Aug. 18, 1S29. 

Charles H., b. Nov. 28, 1856. 

Mary H., b. June 26, 1861 ; d. Aug. i, 1863. 

George A., b. Mar. 24, 1863. Burton E., b. Nov. 15, 1870. 


Joseph Farnsworth, b.June 25, 1772, at New Ipswich; 
came to this town from Alstead in 1S14, and was in trade for a 
while in tlie Nettleton block ; afterwards, in connection with 
Alvin Hatch, he built the Stowell building, now occupied by 
C. ]M. Emerson, where they carried on a prosperous business 
until his death, which occurred July 19, 1837. ^^ ^^^^ ^'"^ ^^" 
emplary deacon in the Baptist church, and had the confidence 
of all who knew him. He m., Feb. 28, 1803, Martlia Shep- 
herd, of Alstead, b. Nov. 4, 1780, d. Apr. 2, 1834; '^''•' ^d, 
Nov. 27, 1834, ^Ii's« Tryphena Cheney, widow of Col. William 


Zerviah, b. Jan. 20, 1804; m. Nov. 12, 1828, Dea. David B. Chapin. 

Martha A., b. Oct. 2, 1806; m., Sept. 6, 1831, Rev. Leonard Tracy; 
she d. Apr. 22, 1845. Ch., Jane E., Martha J., Jo.seph L. 

Joseph Shepherd, b. Mar. 31, 181 1 ; was bred a merchant in his father's 
store, and upon the death of his father took his interest and con- 
tinued in trade with Mr. Hatch. He was a fine penman, and later 
in life taught writing. 

James I{ar7>ey, b. May 2, 1813, at Alstead ; early in life removed to 
Windsor, Vt., where he now resides; m., Oct. 3, 1836, Caroline 
J. Harry, of Windsor, Vt. Ch., Shepherd, Leonard Tracy, .Martha. 

Elizabeth litnery, b. Nov. 12, 1814; m., Sept. 23, 1838, Jesse W'ilcox, 
s. of Jesse Wilcox. Jr. ; she d. Dec. 16, 1845. [See Literature.] 

^Oliver Thomas, b. July 3 18 18. 

Oliver Thomas Fahnsworth, s. of Joseph Farnsworth ; b. 
July 3, 181S; was educated at Newport and Lebanon acade- 
mies ; became a merchant, and spent his life at trade in Boston, 
where he d. Mar. 5, 1875. He m., 1854, Caroline A. Hunt, of 
Boston, b. at Gilmanton, Aug. 24, 1832. 

Lizzie M., b. Oct. 23, 1855, at Newport; m., Oct. 9, 1878, Seth M. 

Richards, of this town. 
Carrie Edith, b. Dec. 11, 1858, in Boston, where she now resides. 


Zebulon Ferren, m., Sept. 25, 17S5, Lydia Coburn. 

Daniel, b. June 10, 1786. John, b. Dec. 25, 1789. 

Cynthia, b. Apr. 22, 1791. Zebulon, b. Oct. 23, 1793. 

Orren, b. Nov. 27, 1798. 


Luther J. Fitch, b. Feb. 14, 1S20; came from Marl- 
borough, N. H. ; m. Erosina Dame ; m., 2d, Rusilla C. Haven. 

Wilbur, b. Sept. 9, 1845. Sarah E., b. Apr. 28, 1852. 

Lucy A., b. Apr. 20, 1853. Levi W.. b. Dec. 24, 1854. 

Delia L., b. June 24, 1857. Emma C, b. Nov. 24, i860. 

Etta A/., h. July 17, 1863. 


Nathaniel Fisher, a tanner and merchant ; lived at tiie E. 
Noyes place, having his store in the upper story. 

Nathaniel Fisher, Jr., s. of the above; was a hatter, and 


worked in the basement of his father's house ; m. Mary Wilcox, 
dau. of Maj. Jesse Wilcox. 

\Natha7iiel Wilcox, b. 1799. 

Catherine, b. Jan. 15, 1801 ; m. Dea. Henry Chapin. 

Nathaniel Wilcox Fisher, s. of Nathaniel Fisher, Jr., was 
b. at Auburn in i799? graduated at Amherst college, and stud- 
ied theology at Auburn, N. Y. He was for several years a 
missionary in Ohio, and was an agent for Marietta college in 
that state. After preaching a while at Lockport and Palmyra, 
N. Y., he was settled at Sandusky, O., where he d. at the age 
of 50 years. He was a man of talent and a fluent speaker. 

Amos Fisher, b. Mar. 3, 1766 ; a native of Dedham, Mass. ; 
lived on the A. Wright farm ; m., Apr, 21, 1798, Huldah Arms, 
of Deerfield, b. Apr. 28, 1766. 

Gtistavus, b. Feb. 22, 1796. Daniel, b. Mar. 15, 1797. 

Amos, b. May 10, 1800. 

Timothy Fisher, lived with his son, Timothy, Jr., on the 
R. P. Claggett farm. They also came from Dedham, Mass. 

Elisha p. Fisher, a jeweller ; b. June 30, 1843, at Nantuck- 
et, Mass. ; came here from Concord, N. H., in 1873 ; m. Hel- 
en J. Kniglit. 

Elijah K., b. Aug. 25, 1869; d. y. Phebe, b. Jan. 12, 1873 ; d. y. 


Erastus Fiske, s. of Samuel Fisk, 2d; b. June i, 1809; 
came from Claremont to this town in 1S63, and purchased a 
farm at Northville, where he has since resided. Married Anna, 
dau. of Timothy Perry. 

Charles H., b. Aug. 8, 1838 ; m. Ruth McGowen, of Unity. 
Susan A., b. May 6, 1840; m. Martin L. Whittier. 
Samuel E., b. Sept. 20, 1842; a printer; r. at Fall River, Mass. 
Sewell, b. June 9, 1846. Franklin, b. Sept. 27, 1847. 

Harriet //., b. Nov. 9, 1849; ™- Ruel Loverin, of Croydon; has a fam 

Minerva E.,h. June 10, 1853. 
Isabel Maria, b. Sept. 22, 1856; m. Mar. 4, 1877, Frank P. Winter 

Ch., Arthur George, b. Jan. 10, 1878. 




William II. Flanders, a native of Concord ; came here in 
1S56; lived on the East mountain ; resides at Haverhill, Mass. 
Married Lois B. Kempton. 


Isaac C. Flint, b. Sept. 3, 179S ; came from Mont Vernon in 
1855, '*"^ purchased a farm in the south part of the town, on 
the Unity road. He afterwards lived on the Goshen road, on 
the place now occupied by F. S. Little, but removed to Goshen, 
where he d. soon after. Married Susan Russell. 


Ephraim Fletcher came from Sturbridge, Mass., with his 
three sons, Joel, Ephraim, and Timothy; d. Jan. i, 1836, aged 
94. He m. Sarah M. Davenport, who d. Nov. 4, 1806, aged 
66. Joel went to Sunapee, where he was drowned in Sunapee 

Ephraim Fletcher, s. of Ephraim ; b. Nov. 23, 1767 ; r. on 
the west slope of Oak hill, his farm bordering on Sugar river. 
He d. Apr. 27, 1S54; '""•' F^^- 20, 1794, Jael Mores, b. Mar. 
23, 1775, d. Jan. 3, 1863. 

Oliver, b. Jan. 19, 1795 i d. young. 

Orpha, b. Mar. 23, 1797 ; d. Dec. 3, 1867 ; m., June i, 1825, Silas Met- 
calf; m., 2d, Jan. 9, 1855, Ruel H. Keith ; m.,3d, Parnienas Whit- 
comb. She bequeathed at her death several thousand dollars to 
the Baptist church, which aided very materially in the erection of 
their present beautiful church edifice. 

\Qjiartiix, b. Apr. 22, 1799. William, b. Nov. 20, iSoi ; d. y. 

Mahala, b. June 11, 1804; m. David Wilmarth, Dec. 19, 1802. 

Polly, b. June 29, 1806; d. young. 

Electa M., b. Mar. 23, 1809; m. William Kelley, Apr. 18, 1833. 

Bela J., b. Jan. 16, 181 1 ; d., July 26, 1877, at Claremont; m. Marcia 
L. Cummings, Jan. 26, 1841. Ch., Frances E. 

Austin C, b. Mar. 23, 1813; m. Roxana Thatcher, June 6, 1843. 

\Lyinan, b. Mar. 26,-1819. 

Qltartus Fletcher, s. of Ephraim Fletcher; b. Apr. 22, 
1799 ; early in life removed to Cornish, and settled in the south- 
east corner of the town, in a neighborhood called Hempyard, 


where he spent his life ia farming, and where he d. Apr. 27, 
1S74. He m., Feb. 6, 1827, Annie Kelley, sister of William 
Kelley ; m., 2d., Jan. 16, 1844, Charlotte Hillard, of Cornish. 

William K., b. Feb. 12, 1828 ; m. Annie L. Tufts, Dec. 30, 1874; r. at 

Somerville, Mass. 
Ruel //., b. May 16, 1829 ; m. Rebecca C. Wyman ; r. at E. Cambridge, 

James IV., h. Oct. 24, 1830; m. Lucy C. Fletcher, of Preemption, III. 
Elisabeth A., b. 1832; m. Edwin N. Fletcher; m., 2d, Benjamin 

\Charles F., b. Feb. 24, 1834; m. Martha J. Wilmarth, of Newport. 
Ursula K., b. Nov. 22, 1836; m. George W. Hillard, of Cornish. 
Olive?- aM., b. Aug. 7, 1838; m. Josie Merrill; r. at Elmira, N. Y. 
Orpha M., b. Feb. 24. 1840; m. Benjamin F. Atwood; r. at E. Cam- 
bridge, Mass. 
Henry Z., b. Apr. 18, 1845 ! i"-> Feb. 20, 1869, Angeline N. Freeman, 

of Cornish. 
Luella E., b. Feb. 7, 1849; "i-' -^P^- ^5- ^^l^'' Charles M. Emerson, of 

Etfima J., b. Mar. 15, 1852; m., Jan. 3, 1871, Orlando P. Burr; r. at 

Jael M., b. May i, 1855; m., Sept. 15, 1877, Orison W. Page; r. at 


Charles W. Fletcher, s. of Qiiartus Fletcher ; b. May 24, 
1834 ' s^^'ly ii'' lif^ came to this town, and settled on East moun- 
tain. Upon the death of David Wilmarth, his father-in-law, 
he took a part of the Wilmarth homestead, and erected a res- 
idence at the north end of the village ; is one of our thriving 
farmers. He m. Martha Wilmarth, b. Jan. 27, 1S36. 

Etta, b. Apr. 26, i860. Lillian, b. Dec. 10, 1861. 

Henry, b. May i, 1864. IVilliam, b. Nov. 20, 1866. 

Lyman M. Fletcher, s. of Ephraim Fletcher ; b. Mar. 26, 
1819 ; a farmer ; occupied the homestead, which is on the west 
slope of Oak hill, and borders on Sugar river. M., Nov. 29, 
1844, Sarah S. Carr, dau. of David Carr, who d. Sept. 4, 1873 ; 
m., 2d, Dec. 24, 1874, Mary L. Bascom, dau. of Reuben Bas- 
com, who d. Nov. 15, 1877, aged 43 years. 

Ann, b Jan. 14, 1850; m. Allen Marshall. 

Alice J., b. Feb. 25, 1852; m. Simeon C. Ayer. Ch., Frank A. 

Fred C, b. Apr. 10, 1856. Ma/y E., b. Mar. 13, 1859; d. y. 

Timothy Fletcher, b. July 14, 1778; lived in the north- 
west part of the town ; and was an active and devoted deacon 


in the Baptist church. Married Lois Metcalf, of Croydon, who 
is now (1S78) in the 99th year of her age. 

Laura, b. Apr. 18, 1804; m. Josiah Nichols; d. at Sutton. 

Auril/a, b. Nov. 3, 1807; m. Austin L. Kibbey. 

Sannicl M., b. June 6, 1810; m. Lucy Hagar, and went West. 

Cyrus K., b. Oct. 8, 1812; a fanner at Croydon; m., Mar. 8, 1835, 
Rachel S. Jacobs; m., 2d, IVIrs. Albert Sprague. Ch., Aurora W., 
d. at 20 Silas J. Melvin S., b. November, 1843; m. Georgie 
Perry. Eveline A. 

\Thiiothy S., b. Aug. 6, 1817. 

Benjamin F.,h. Mar. 18, 1823 ; went to Oregon. 

Timothy S. Fletcher, s. of Timothy ; b. Aug. 6, 1S17 ; m., 
Sept. 13, 1S40, Parmela Spicer ; m., 2d, Dec. 21, 1S59, Mary 
Allen, who d. Nov. iS, 1S76, aged 44 years. 

Edward S., b. Dec. 21, 1843; m. Lizzie Di.xon, of Dayton, O. ; r. at 

Boston, Mass. 
Henry IV., b. June 12, 1846; a farmer; m., Oct. 4, 1872, Laura Morse, 

Groveland, Mass. 
Miriam /.., b. June 30, 1848 ; m., Nov. 26, 1868, David Newton. 
Malvin L., b. May 25, 1850. George A/., b. Oct. 6, 1853. 

William S., b. Nov. 24, 1855. Aicrilla P., b. Nov. 26, 1863. 
Laura E.,h. Feb. 11, 1869. 

David Fletcher, a blacksmith, and s. of Joseph ; b. 1799; 
came from Sturbridge, Mass. ; m. Polly Wakefield. 

Clarissa, b. Mar. 8, 1805 ; m. Erastus Huntoon. 

\David, a rakemaker; b. July 13, 1S07. 

Mary A., b. Mar. i, 1810; m. Chas. Wakefield. 

Thomas B., b. Apr. 12, 1812; m. Mary P. George. Ch., Betsey J., b. 

Sept, 18, 1832. Frances M., b. Oct. 15, 1843; m. Warden White. 

T. Wallace, b. Sept. 12, 1849. Alice O., b. Oct. 14, 1851 ; m. 

Simon A. Hale. 
Betsey, b. June 22, 1814; m. Reuben Johnson. 
\Luther J., b. Nov. 25, 1818. 
MclitaM., b. May 10, 1819; m. Austin Stockwell. 

David Fletcher, s. of David Fletcher; m. Betsev Wake- 
field ; m., 3d, Martha Vining. 

Calvin H., b. Apr. 9, 1828 ; a clergyman ; educated at Newport acade- 
my ; secretary of N. H. Conference of Advent Christians for three 
years; m. Hannah Crowell. Ch., Ella E., b. July 17, 1853; Em- 
ma G., b. Apr. 26, 1858. 

David W., m. Sarah Mclntire. 

Hiram M., b. Aug. 3, 1835; m. Martha Jackson. Ch., Edith M., b. 
Aug. 22, 1854; Effie A., b. Aug. 9, 1856; George H., b. Oct. 12, 

Betsey A., m. Richard ^L J. Hastings. 


Luther Jacobs Fletcher, s. of David, senior; b. Nov. 28, 
181S; came to this town from Croydon, with his father, when 
quite a hid. His father was a blacksmith, and he, the youngest 
son, was " heir apparent" to the bellows and the anvil, but his 
love of books was his master passion. He had his preparatory- 
training at Unity academy, and graduated at Norwich Univer- 
sity in 1 841. He was a successful teacher and writer. He was 
in the practice of law at Lowell, Mass., where he was appoint- 
ed a Commissioner of Insolvency, and soon after elevated to 
the position of judge : but he has devoted most of his life to 
the ministry. He was first settled over the Universalist church 
at Surry, since which time he has had charge of the church at 
Brattleborough, Vt., at Cambridge and Lowell, Mass., at Bath, 
Me., and at Brooklyn and IBuffalo, N. Y., and now r. at the 
latter place. He was a member of the Mass. House of Repre- 
sentatives in 1856, in which body he took an active part. [See 
Literature.] Married a dau. of Rev. Dr. Whittemore, of Bos- 
ton ; m., 2d, Caroline Greenwood, of Brighton, Mass. 

Rosa, Ella, Eiigene. 


Jeremiah Fogg, a cooper by trade ; s. of Joseph Fogg ; 
b. at Kensington, May 27, 17S2. His father was quarter- 
master in Col. Poor's regiment, in tlie war of the Revolution. 
Jeremiah came from Enfield to Newport in February, 1834, 
and settled at Northville, where he followed his trade until the 
spring of 1S48. He then removed to North wood, where he re- 
sided with his son, Alonzo J., until his death, which occurred 
Jan. I, 1S52. He was fond of books, and possessed a consider- 
able fund of information, which he took pleasure in displaying 
in the discussions of the village lyceums. M., Sept. 2, 1809, 
Mary, dau. of Ira James, of Deerfield, b. July 25, 17S8. 

Almira, b. Apr. 19, 181 1 ; m., Aug. 7, 1836, Ephraim Kempton, whod. 

Hannah, b. Feb. 17, 1814; d. Mar. 7, 1857. 
Alonzo J., b. Jan. 2, 1820; d. Nov. 22, 1822. 
\Alon20 J., b. Aug. 29, 1823. 

Alonzo James Fogg, s. of Jeremiah ; b. Aug. 29, 1S23, at 


Enfield ; removed, with his father, to Newport, in February, 
1S34, ^'"'^^ settled at Northville. His educational advantages 
were limited to the common school of his district, except that 
he enjoyed the advantages of a high school kept in the same 
part of the town during a portion of his youth. In the year 
1S43 he was employed as a clerk in a dry-goods store in North- 
ville, and in 1843 he obtained similar employment in Nashua, 
but returned to Newport in the autumn of the same year. On 
reaching his majority he settled in Northwood, where he en- 
gaged with success in the manufacture and sale of shoes, in 
connection with G. &J. P. Lancaster, the name of the partner- 
ship being Lancaster, Fogg & Co., until i860, except that a 
portion of the year 1S56 he spent in a banking-house in New 
York city. In 1855 and 1856 he was a selectman of the town 
of Northwood. In 1S60 he was elected register of deeds for the 
county of Rockingham, wliich office he held by successive elec- 
tions for three years, his residence during that time being at 
Exeter. In the autumn of 1863 he was appointed by the sec- 
retary of war to a position in the adjutant-general's office at 
Washington, D. C, which place he held until 1865, when 
he resigned and returned to Exeter. In the fall of 1866 he re- 
moved to Concord, and for a period of about five years was 
connected with various mercantile houses in Boston and Chica- 
go. In 1 87 1 he was chosen sergeant-at-arms to the House of 
Representatives. In the fall of this year he was appointed bank 
commissioner, and held the office under that appointment for 
one year only, but in the year 1S75 he was again appointed to 
the same office, which he held till July, 1876. In the autumn 
of 1877 he removed from Concord to Troy, N. Y., where he 
now r., and is in the employ of the Boston & Troy Railroad. 
[See Literature.] M., Sept. 27, 1847, Alary A. Lancaster, dau. 
of Jonathan Lancaster, of Northwood. 

Elgina, b. 1849. 

Austin, b. 1856; married, and resides in Troy, N. Y. 

Lizzie B. \V., b. 1861. 


JosiAii FoRSAiTH [see Lawyers], b, Dec. 14, 1780; m., Oct. 
6, 1822, Maria, dau. of William Southworth, of Ilingham, 
Mass., b. Sept. 30, 1802. 


Charles L., b. Oct. 14, 1826; d. May 29, 1833. 

Geo?-ge Wilder, b. Nov. 22, 1828; r. at Princeton, 111 ; m., and has two 

Henry, b. June i, 1832; d. y. \William Josiah, b. Apr. 19, 1836. 
Edward, b. Sept. 28, 1839; r- ^^ the homestead. 

William Josiah Forsaith, s. of Josiah Forsaith ; b. Apr. 
19, 1836 ; fitted for college at Kimball Union Academy ; was 
at Amherst college from 1853 to 1855, and at Dartmouth college 
from 1S55 to 1857, ^"^ graduated at the latter institution in 
1857. -^^ commenced the study of law with Burke & Wait, of 
this town, in 1858, and continued it with Hon. Benjamin F. 
Hallett, of Boston, at the Harvard Law School, and with Ran- 
ney & Morse, of Boston, until i860, when he was admitted to 
the bar. In May of the same year he began practice in Boston, 
where he has since resided. He was appointed judge of the 
inunicipal court of Boston in 1872, which office he still holds. 
M., Oct. 31, 1865, Annie Maria, dau. of John W. Veazie, and 
grand-daughter of Gen. Veazie, of Bangor, Me. He has one 
son and two daughters. 

Lydia Forsaith, b. July 11, 1774; was the widow of David 
Forsaith, a merchant in Boston, and brother of Josiah. Upon 
her husband's decease, she came here with her young family, 
and was for many years a successful milliner. She d. Oct. 21, 

Frances M., b. Jan. 30, 1813; d. Mar., 1874; m., Nov. 16, 1831, Ros- 
well Elmer, editor of the Spectator, at Rutherford, N. C, but after- 
wards became a planter on the Red river in Louisiana. 

Willia?n IV., h. Feb. 15, 1815; became a printer; d. on his way to 

Helen L., b. Oct. 20, 1817; m., Jan. 14, 1841, William P. Hale, Esq., 
of Hollis. 

yane IV., b. Sept. 17, 1819; m.. May 11, 1837, David H. Hale; went 
to California. 

Caroline Z., b. June 13, 1821 ; m., Jan. 20, 1842, Parker N. Newell, who 
afterwards became a merchant at Princeton, III; now lives at Santa 
Barbara, Cal. 


Francis Foote, b. Jan. 27, 1826, at Leeds, Eng. ; came to 
this town from Vermont, and has been for many years an over- 
seer in the Sugar River Mills. He is a deacon, and an active 


worker in tlie Congregational cluircli. Married Abigail A. 
Whitconil), of Cavendish, Vt. 

Abbie M., b. Mar. 3, 1851. Lizzie E., b. Nov. 23, 1852. 

Francis 14'., h. Jan. 12, 1854. 

A'//a £., b. Jan. 26, i860; graduated at Newport high school in 1878. 


Thomas Foss, b. Oct. 25, 1S06; is a carpenter and joiner; 
a native of Gilford ; came to this town in 1S43 from Goshen. 
He was a lieutenant-colonel (jf the 31st regiment. M., Feb. 9. 
1S34, Lucretia Carr, of Palermo, Me., b. Oct. 10, 180S. 

George C, b. May 2, 1835, ^t Goshen; was a painter; d. Dec. 26, 1862, 
at Harwood hospital, Washington, D. C, from wounds received at 
Fredericksburg, Va. ; m., Oct. 2, 1854, Eliza A. Heath, who. d. 
Jan. 12, 1869. Ch., Clara E., b. July 7, 1855 ; m. Edwin Gould; 
ch., George E., b. Sept. 30, 1877 — a grandchild. 

Fairfield, b. Sept. 23, 1842 ; d. Sept. 6, 1853. 

Milton C-, b. Nov. 26, 1843, at Newport; a printer; was for several 
years in the government printing-office at Washington ; m. Sept. i, 
1873, Saliie'Swasey, of Washington, D. C. Ch., Nellie M., b. 
June 26, 1874. 


David G. Fowler, a lumber dealer ; b. Dec. 30, 1S28 ; came 
from Grantham in 1S57, ^"^^ purchased the saw-mill at Kelley- 
ville, where he has since operated. Married Lucy Patten, of 

Horace S., b. June 7, 1853. Nancy M., b. Sept. 11, 1855. 

Calista J., b. Oct. 28, 1857. John C, b. Jan. 4, i860. 

George H., b. Jan. 18, 1865. Martha E., b. Apr. 19, 1867. 

Clara B., b. July 25, 1869. Charles E., b. Sept. 5, 1871. 
Lucy P., b. Nov. 8, 1S74. 


Benjamin B. French. [See Literature and the Press.] 

Nathaniel French came to town in 1S63, and settled on 
the L. Lawton farm on Pike hill ; m. Mary E. Marshall, of St. 
Johnsbury, Vt. At the end of nine years they both died, nearly 
at the same time, leaving six orphans to seek new homes. 


William Freeto, m. Amy Meggs, and lived on the Mrs. 
Wheeler farm at Northville. 


Calisfa, m. James Haven. Sally, m. Silas Barden. 

^Lorenzo M., b. Oct. 23, 1801. Zcba. Polly. 

Amy, m. Simeon Wakefield. Harvey, went West. 

Lorenzo M. Freeto, s. of William ; b. Oct. 23, 1801 ; m. 
Ruth Wakefield ; m., 2d, Sarah M. Jones. He lives on the 
George Haven farm. 

Mary. Dexter S., m. Mary J. Sargent. 

Merinda, m. Jotham Willard. Pillsbtiry, m. Mary A. Greeley. 

Lucinda, m. John Davis. Delia A., m. William Poor. 

Cynthia, m. Norman Tenney. 
George M., b. Mar. 14, 1847; m. Sarah M. Moore. 

John Freeto, brother of William ; m. Eunice Barden, and 
went West. 


Peyton R. Gardner, b. Mar. 27, 1815, at vSunapee ; came 
here in 1849. In 1871 all the village streets and side-walks, 
hitherto belonging to several districts, were consolidated into 
one, so that he might be appointed the superintendent, on ac- 
count of his acknowledged skill in that direction. He m., Jan. 
16, 1S37, Mary M. Woodward, of Bradford, Vt. 

Dennis F. Gardner, an adopted son of Peyton R. Gardner ; 
b. Nov. 17, 1842; m. Lizzie A. Hurd, dau. of Isaac B. Hurd. 
He lives at the F. A. Beard place on East mountain. 


David Gay, a tanner ; came from New London, and settled 
at Northville, where he spent the remainder of his life. He m. 
Asenath Davis. 

Lydia D., b. Mar. 10, 1820; m. Ezra T. Sibley. 

Francis Gay was a cabinet-maker ; came from Croydon. He 
was an adopted son of Whitman Jacobs. 


Samuel E. George, a painter and cabinet-maker ; s. of Eli- 
jah ; b. Jan. 13, iSoo; d. Mar. 13, 1874; came to this town 


from Sunapee in 1S24. lie m., Feb. 21, 1S33, Charlotte Hun- 
ton, dau. of John Hunton, b. Feb. 22, 181 1, d. Oct. 5, 1S47. 

Ellen A., b. Feb. 11, 1834; m. William Campbell, of Mont Vernon; 

d. July 14, 1867. 
William W., b. Aug. 14, 1839; a merchant in New York, where he 

had a brief but successful career; d. Jan. 29, 1864. 
Charlotte A., b. Apr. 8, 1843; d. Apr. 11, i860. 
Kate P., b. Apr. 13, 1845 i f"- George A. Ellis. 

Putnam George, brother of Samuel ; a farmer and specula- 
tor ; b. Feb. 5, 1817 ; came to this town in 1839. lie attained 
the rank of lieutenant-colonel in the 31st regiment. Mar- 
ried Mar}' Stoddard ; m., 2d, Dorotha Adams; m., 3d, Lavina 
Comstock ; m., 4th, Mrs. Charlotte Bartlett. 

Lavina, m. Clark Craige. 

Barnard George, s. of Benjamin ; b.June i, 1S04; <-l- ^J^n'- 
4, 1859. Married Lavina Crowell, b. July 14, 1806, d. Aug. 7, 

Mary, b. Oct. i, 1845 ; d. in 1864. 

Abbie S., b. Mar. 8, 1847 ; m., July 13, 1873, Benjamin F. Peasley. 

Joseph George was the father of Rodney, Mrs. Nehemiah 
Rand, and Mrs. Harmon Richardson. 

John A. George, a trader ; s. of Rodney ; m. Lizzie Dodge, 
dau. of Nehemiah Dodse. 


Ira p. George, a brother of John A. [See Physicians.] 

Clifton C. George, a painter; s. of Worthen ; b. Feb. 13, 
1819; came here from Sunapee in 1S58. M., May 7, 1S47, 
Mary A. Ryder, of Sunapee ; m., 2d, May 16, 1874, Mercy A. 
Sanborn, of Springfield. 

Abby P. Elizabeth M., m. Chas. Ma.xfield. 

Etta D. 

Civ ilia E., vci. Christopher J. George. 

James E. George, a farmer ; s. of Worthen ; b. Jan. 6, 1S22 ; 
came here in 1869. Married Belinda Baker. 


Christopher, b. Apr. 14, 1846; rn. Civilla E. George. 

George. Harriet H., b. Sept. 3, 1847. 

Albert W., b. Nov. 8, 1850. Lovell B., b. Oct. 10, 1853. 

Wilson S. George, a painter; b. Feb. 15, 1829, in Ohio; 
came here from Sunapee in 1S73. Married Harriet E. Pike, of 
New London, dau. of Capt. John Pike. 


Thomas W. Gilmore was b. at Amherst, N. H., Mar. 27, 
1794, and was of Scottish descent. His grandfather, James 
GiHmore (as he spelled his name), was a captain in the Revo- 
lution, and carried the broad accent of Scotland in his speech. 
Commencing at the age of 14, Thomas was educated to mer- 
cantile pursuits. On attaining his majority he embarked in 
trade for himself, and had a successful business at Sanbornton, 
at Goshen, and at Newport, until about 1833, when he was 
appointed clerk of the courts for Sullivan county, which office 
he held until 185S, a period of 25 years. In 1S60 he was nom- 
inated for presidential elector on the Douglas ticket. He was 
one of the founders of the National Bank in town, was a direc- 
tor, and for nearly twenty years its president. He was also a 
director in the Savings Bank. His mind was well balanced, 
and his financial judgment seldom erred. At his death he had 
devised the largest estate ever left in town. He always took a 
lively interest in the affairs of the village, and gave to the nu- 
merous charities of the day without ostentation. He m., Nov. 
17, 1S22, Hannah Batchelder Lovejoy, an accomplished lady, 
b. Mar. 18, 1804, who d. June 8, 1847 ; m., 2d, Mar. 27, 1857, 
Maria, widow of Josiah Forsaith, b. Sept. 30, 1802. Ch. by 
first wife : 

^Thomas Addisoji, b. Oct. i, 1823. ■fOin'^tcy Adams, h. Mar. r, 1825. 

Marcia L., b. June 15, 1828; d. July 8, 1849; m., Mar. 3, 1848, Hen- 
ry E. Baldwin. She is remembered for her lady-like qualities and 
winning ways. 

Mary, b. June 8, 1830; m., Oct. 15, 1851, Frederick W. Leonard, a 
banker, at Pekin, 111. She had intelligence, culture, and a warm, 
sympathetic heart, and was much beloved. She d. April 8, 1875. 
Ch., Louisa, b. Mar. 10, 1861 ; d. Sept. 21, 1872. Charles G., b. 
June 2, 1863 ; d. Jan. 19, 1865. Isaac E., b. June 3, 1865. Thom- 
as G., b. July I, 1867. Henry B., b. Aug. 2, 1871. 

^"8 V&>o EPeravB.t"^ 



Andrew J., b. June ii, 1834; was educated at Kimball Union Acad- 
emy ; a printer. 
Charles, b. Aug. 17, 1836; d. June 28, 1856. 

Thomas Addison Gilmoke, s. of lion. Thomas W. Gil- 
more ; b. Oct. I, 1S23 ; was educated at Kimball Union Acad- 
emy, and was for a while a merchant at Concord. He was in 
the War of the Rebellion, a sergeant in Co. F, i6th Regt., and 
was for several years a clerk in Washington, D. C, where he 
d. May 25, 1877. [See Literature.] M., Apr. 21, 1859, Helen 
M., dau. of Dr. Ira M. Clark, of Orford. 

Mary, b. June 23, i860. Henry., b. Nov. 12, 1864. 

Ellis C.,h. May 21, 187 1. 

QyiNCY Adams Gilmore, s. of Hon. Thomas W. Gilmore ; 
b. Mar. i, 1S25 ; fitted for college at Kimball Union Academy, 
and graduated among the first in his class at Dartmouth col- 
lege, in 1S45. After teaching some four years at Haverhill, 
Mass., and a like period in Boston, he turned his attention to 
law, but soon after went to Iowa, where he became a specula- 
tor in lands, has amassed a fortune, and now resides. He m., 
Jan. 8, 1859, Ann Maria, dau. of Jonathan M. Wilmarth. 

Marcia, b. Oct. 8, 1859; a student at Ann Arbor University, Mich. 
Thomas IV., h. Oct. 4, 1862 ; student at Ann Arbor, Mich. 
Jonathan AT., b. Oct. 7, 1870. 
Anna and Mary, twins; b. Oct. 17, 1871 ; Anna d. young. 

John Gilmore, a joiner ; b. in 1782 ; d. Jan. 31, 1843 ; came 
from Bedford in 1813 ; built the Mrs. J. Sawyer house ; m. Ap- 
phia McAllister, a sister of William, b. Nov. 29, 17S5. 

Mary, b. Oct. 28, 1804; m., Nov. 17, 1S30, Arza Hayward ; ch., Ba- 
seilla, Arpha J., George A., Harriet. 

\Benjam'.n J/., b. Oct. 17, 1806. 

Margaret J., b. Dec. 27, 1810; m., Oct. 12, 1841, Benj. Tuttle, of 

George VVhitefield, b. Nov. 22, 1812 ; m. Emily Simpson ; lives in Cal- 

Stephen Decatur, b. Dec. 22. 1815; m. Caroline Proctor. 

\Williani M., b. Aug. 30, 18 18. 

James T., b. Aug. 30, 1820; m. Emily C. Thatcher: d. Oct. 24. 1S63. 

Martha A., b. May 28, 1824; m. Gov. Ralph Metcalf. 

John F., b. Mar. 4, 1826; m. Hattie Frost. 


Benjamin M. Gilmore, s. of John ; a joiner; b. Oct. 17, 
1806; was colonel of 31st Regt. ; m., Mar, 30, 1837, jSIary J. 
Cutting ; m., 2d, Feb. 11, 1857, Mrs. Sibyl H. Flint, of Fitzwill- 
iam, b. Nov. 4, 1828. [See Joiners.] 

Maty H., b. June 26, 1839; ™- Benj. R. Allen. 

Geoi-ge B., b. Apr. i, 1842. Katie C, d. young. 

Charles C, h. Apr. 9, 1847. 

Afat//e 7., b. Oct. 26, 1857; d. Aug. 12, 1872. 

Eiiuna F., b. Sept. 24, 1863. Maggie A., b. Mar. i, 1866. 

Clarence B., b. June 26, 1868 ; d. y. Arthur B., b. Feb. 12, 1872; d. y. 

William M. Gilmore, s. of Capt. John Gilmore ; b., Aug. 
30, 1818 ; a fanner and mechanic ; r. at Northville ; m., Dec. 
22, 1842, Ruby L. McGregor, b. May 11, 1845. 

A7m O., b. Dec. 14, 1843; d. Sept. 3, 1852. 

Ellen y.,h. Oct. i, 1846; m. Wilbur F.Dow; ch., Millie, Eugene, 

Arthur, Josephine. 
Henry IV., b. Sept. 22, 185c; d. y. Martha J., b. June 16, 1852. 

Nathan P. Gilmore, a carriage-maker; b. Oct. 5, 1828; 
came from Goshen to this town in 1875; m., Apr. i, 1871, 
Mrs. Eliza Young. 

Triunan, b. Sept. 12, 1846; killed at the attack on Fort Wagner. 
Alvin, b. Aug. i, 1848; m., Oct., 1864, Viola Spaulding, of Goshen. 
Everend, b. Dec. 17, 1851; m., April, 1876, Nora Butterfield, of Go- 


Benjamin Giles, one of the early settlers, said to have been 
an Irishman by birth, came from Groton, Conn., and was dur- 
ing his life the leading man, not only of the town, but of this 
section of the state. He was a man of wealth and education 
beyond most of the early settlers. He w^as a devoted patriot. 
During the Revolution he was an important member of the 
provincial councils of the state ; and during almost the entire 
Revolutionary struggle he was a delegate to the various con- 
ventions, or, as they were then called, "provincial congresses," 
which met to devise means for carrying on the war, and form- 
ing plans of government. He was a member of the convention 
which formed the first constitution of the state ; was a member 
of the commission to settle the ditficulties in regard to the 


boundary between Massachusetts and New Hampshire. It is 
said that he was imprisoned, by authority of His Majesty, for 
seditious acts, but wlien it was evening he was rescued by a 
band of patriots dressed in female attire. He was a represent- 
ative, in 1775 ^"<^^ "77^7 ^^ six then classed towns in this vicin- 
ity ; he was also a member of the state senate, and was elected 
to the council. When this town seceded from New Hamp- 
shire, in March, 1781, he was elected a delegate to the general 
assembly of Vermont, which was to meet at Windsor. He 
erected the first grist- and saw-mill in town. He died Nov., 
^7^7' ^g^^^ 7*-* yC'^^'s. Plis sister Mary m. Christopher Newton. 
Mr. Giles had a family, an account of which we have been 
luiable to obtain. One of his davighters, //a/iua/i, m. Isaac 
Newton; and another, Ruth, m. Rev. Abijah Wines; both r. 
in town. 


Amos Gleason, b. Mar. 3, 177S ; came from Rowe, ]Mass. ; 
m. Lucy Hall. 

Emerson H., Ebenezer L., and Samuel L. went to the West. 
Adaliza,\i. Apr. 8, 1810; m. Calvin Messenger; m., 2d, Joseph S. 

Eliza and Lucy, twins, b. Mar. 26, 1816; one d. in 1852, the other in 

Amos, b. May 10, 1820; d. Sept. 13, 1854; m. Caroline H. Langdon. 
Catherine, m. Stephen F. Lund; she d. Sept. 24, 1859. 
Caroline IV., b. 1825 ; m., May 7, 1843. Joseph G. Hoyt. 
Zemira, b. Sept. 30, 1831 ; m. Stephen F. Lund, — second wife. 


Milton Glidden, b. May 6, 1S09; came to this town from 
Unity, his native place, Jan. i, 1S41, and purchased the New- 
port House, which he kept for some fifteen years. He was gen- 
erous, and full of anecdotes, and, having a skilful hostess to as- 
sist him, his house was a favorite resort for the public. He d. 
IMay 24, 1S56. M., May 6, 1841, Clarissa McCollom, dau. of 
John ^SlcCollom, of Claremont, b. June 10, 1S17. 


Samuel Goldthwaite, b. Apr. 14, 1760; came from 
Northbridge, Mass., in 17S0, to Croydon, and settled in the 


west part of the town. He was a wealthy and industrious 
farmer, was a soldier in the Revolution, and was at the surren- 
der of Burgoyne and in other engagements. He was one of 
the most influential agents in procuring the construction of the 
old Croydon turnpike ; was a selectman and representative 
while there. He came to Newport in 1815, and settled upon 
the farm in the north part of the town, afterwards occupied by 
his son Zina, now by his grand-children, where he d. at the age 
of 98. Married Lydia Fletcher. 

Aseneth, m. Ansel Lathrop; d. in 1836, aged 51. 

]Zi7ia, b. Nov. 6, 1787. 

Alvin, m. Polly Chase, of Croydon. Ch., Julia; Melinda; Obed ; 

Lydia; Abigail; Arnold; Nancy; Samuel, b. Apr. 13, 1828; Ira 

P., b. Feb. 6, 1830; Calvin, b. Apr. 10, 1832. 

Zina Goldthwaite, s. of Samuel; b. Nov. 6, 1787; came 
from Croydon, where he had been an extensive farmer and 
dairy man, keeping some fifty cows. He had good judgment, 
was modest and gentlemanly in his bearing, and was always 
quite a favorite. He was elected both in this town, and while 
in Croydon, to many important offices, and was a representa- 
tive here in 1841 and 1843. He was a leading member and a 
liberal supporter of the Baptist church. Married Anna How- 
ard, of Grantham. 

Mary Ann, b. Sept. 5, 1816; m. Daniel Ward, of Croydon, a physi- 
cian ; moved to 111., where they became wealthy, and where she d. 
Alvira IV., b. Aug. 23, 1819; remains at the old homestead. 
^Francis H., b. July 14, 1823. 

Francis H. Goldthwaite, s. of Zina Goldthwaite ; b. 
July 14, 1823 ; occupies a part of the old homestead ; has most 
of his life been interested in thoroughbred horses of the Morgan 
breed; m. Julia P., dau. of Leavitt Humphrey; m., 2d, Bettie 
Ide, of Croydon. 

Leland H., b. Jan. i, 1857. Alice C, b. Nov. 25, 1871. 


Richard Goodwin, the father of the Goodwin race in this 
town, came here about 1780, and settled on what was after- 


wards known as tlic Dr. Corbin place, now occupied by B. C. 
Shattuck, where he d. in 1S21, at the age of 75 years. 

Betsey, m. Nathan Gould. 

\Moses, b. Dec. 28, 1768. Benjamin. Hannah. Polly. 

Elisabeth, dau. by 2d wife, m. Jonathan Wakefield. 

Moses Goodwin, s. of Richard Goodwin ; b. Dec. 28, 1768 ; 
came to this town with his father in 1780; lived on the C. 
Kelsey farm on Oak hill ; d. Jan. 23, 1863. M., Aug. 6, 1794, 
Sally Stannard, b. Oct. 6, 1771. 

\Alpheus, b. July 24, 1795. 

Afinda, b. Feb. i, 1798; m. William Stannard, and went to Ohio. 

■finiliam S., b. Nov. 22, 1805. 


Alpiieus Goodwin, s. of Moses Goodwin ; b. July 24, 1795 ; 
was a mechanic, and built the upper dam on Alorse brook at 
Northville, where he had a sash and blind shop, the first man- 
ufactory of the kind, by water, in this town. He subsequently 
removed to Craftsbury, Vt, where he now resides. M., Nov. 
8, 181S, Rebecca Darling, b. Mar. 4, 179S; m., 2d, Apr. 8, 
1874, Judith C. Avery. 

Orpha F., b. Dec. 5, 1819; m., Nov. 25, 1838, Otis F. Ford. 

Sylvia C, h. Mar. 3, 1821 ; m., Sept. 8, 1842, Calvin N. Perkins. 

Eliza D., b. Nov. 7, 1825 ; m., Jan. 2, 1843, David D. Davis. 

Moses, b. Aug. 29, 1827. 

Eli S., b. June i, 1829; m., Nov. 9, 1867, Susan Nichols: m., 2d, Em- 
ma S. Mitchell. 

Martha M. and Mary M., b. Mar. 27, 1832. Martha m., Sept. 8, 1850, 
Lyman G. Woodbury. 

Charles F., b. July 22, 1835; m., Mar. 14, 1865, Mary P. Houston. 

William S. Goodwin, a farmer, s. of Moses ; b. Nov. 22, 
1805 ; m. Dorotha Cooper, of Croydon. 

Vi7ianV., an artist, b. Jan. 21, 1831 ; m. Melinda Cram, of Unity. Ch., 

William J., Charles E., Edwin V". 
Ellen M., m. Charles S. Partridge. Ch., Gracia. 

TiiEOPHiLUS Goodwin, brother of Richard Goodwin ; b. at 
Hampstead, Sept. 21, 1753; came to this town in 1784, from 
Dunbarton, and settled on the W. Shattuck farm, long known 
as the Dr. Corbin place. M., Mar. 9, 1773, Abigail Adams, of 
Rowley, Mass., b. Sept. 2, 1750. He d. in 1799. 


Deborah, b. Dec. 12, 1776; m. Ralph Chamberlain. 

Betsey, b. Dec. 31, 1780. 

Polly, b. Feb. 2, 1783; m. Jeremiah Kelsey, who was a merchant, and 

built the old Nettleton store, where he carried on business. 
Molly, b. Mar. 2, 1785. 

Rhoda, b. June 13, 1788; m. David Reed, and went to Plainfield, Vt. 
Ruth, b. Apr. 30, 1791. \Israel, b. Feb. 14, 1793. 

Israel Goodwin, s. of Theophilus Goodwin ; b. Feb. 14, 
1793 ; was for several years a merchant at Croydon. He re- 
moved to Plainfield, Vt., to which place several members of 
the family had preceded him ; he was a representative from 
that town two years, and was a state senator two years ; was 
subsequently appointed a judge, and removed to Montpelier, 
where he resided until his death. He was noted for his clear 
intellect and his social qualities ; had a wide influence, and 
was a most correct and competent business man. 


David J. Goodridge, b. Aug. 21, 1816, at Winchendon, 
Mass. ; came to this town from Troy, N. H., in 1S49. -^^ ^^^ 
a manufacturer, and in 1844, while residing at Troy, invented 
the process of carding wool and cotton together for the man- 
ufacture of cloth, and on coming here introduced the making of 
cotton and wool twilled flannels, for which our town has since 
been so long and so justly celebrated. He was for some time a 
joint owner of the Sugar River Mills, with Seth Richards & 
Son, and afterwards operated at the Diamond Mills. He now 
r. at Medford, Mass. M., Oct. 16, 1S38, Harriet E. Scovel, of 
Walpole, b. Aug. 18, 1817; m., 3d, June 29, 1857, Lucinda C. 
Batchelder, of Sunapee, b. May 25, 1S27. 

Charles A.,h. Aug. 15, 1839. 

Alary L., b. Sept. 9, 1840; m., June 5, 1873, Geo. S. Pierce, Rantoul, 

Susie v., b. Oct. 50, 1842; m., June 18, 1868, W. Y. Jones, Rindge, 
N. H. 

Hattle E., b. Nov. 29, 1844. 

Al/ny P., b. April 22, 1847; m., June 5, 1872, Emma Pratt, of Green- 
bush, N. Y. 

Abbott L., b. Aug. 22, 1849. 

Mattie M., b. Dec. 19, 1851 ; m. Nov. 22, 1877, Tarbell Haskall, of 
Fitchburg, Mass. 

Nettie E., b. May 17, 1854. 



James M. Gordon, a farmer; b. May 6, 1837; came to 
this town from Goshen in 1863; m., September, 1873, Ellen, 
dau. of Joseph Svvett ; r. on East mountain. 

Frank M., b. Feb. 27, 1865. Burhm S., b. Aug. i, 1868. 

James A"., b. June 28, 1874. John Laui^don, b. Oct. 2, 1876. 

Fred II., b. Dec. 2, 1877. 


Nathan Gould, b. Feb. 21. 1767; came from Ilopkinton; 
lived in the north-west part of the town, his farm lying on the 
old Cornish turnpike ; m. Betsey Goodwin, of Hampstead. 

Ah'ira, b. March 9, 1794; m. John Goodwin ; r. at Starr, O. 

Gideon, b. March 3, 1796; d. Aug. 6, 1877; m. Sally Ward, of Croy- 
don. Ch., Alfred J., b. Jan. 18, 1840. 

Silva y., b. April 9, 1797 ; m. Joseph Fisher. Ch., Elvira, m. L. Har- 
dy; r. at Wayland, Mich. 

Carlos, h. Feb. 15. 1799: m. Fanny Knapp. Ch., Loren, Mary E., 
Fanny, Nathan, Ellen E. 

Moses Milton, b. July 31, 1800; m. Hannah Town, of Croydon. Ch., 
John, Nathan, Betty A., Vashti. Resides at Boston, Mich. 

Betsev, b. Julv 6, 1802 ; m. Moses Blakesly; both d. at West Bloomfield, 

Zarilla, b. Dec. 6, 1803; m. Zephaniah R. Green; r. at West Bloom- 
field, Mich. 

Nathan, b. Apr. 6, 1806; m. Mrs. John Sherman; d. at Newport. 

Nancy, b. May 26, 1810; m. Joseph Metcalf; removed to Acworth, 
where he died. 

Alfred J. Gould, s. of Gideon Gould; b. Jan. 18, 1840; is 
a farmer; occupies the old homestead in the north-west part of 
the town; m., Dec. 15, 1861, Sarah Ayers, of Cornish, b. Aug. 
6, 1840, d. Oct. 6, 1864 ; m., 2d, Feb. 3, 1866, Orpha A. Honey, 
of Lempster, b. Sept. 16, 1S47. He was a candidate for rep- 
resentative in 1878. 

Oliver Gould m. a dau. of Jesse Kelsey, and lived on the 
E. Burke place, at Kellcyville. 

Oliver, Marcus, Nathan, Lucius, Carlos. 

Willard Gould, a brother of Oliver; m. Mary Hill ; lived 

in the south-west part of the town. 


Barbary, m. Joel Cutts. 

Alonzo F., m. Laura Parrish, of Claremont; ch., Alice H., Ada M., 

Edwin A., Mary E. 
Helen M., m. Moses French. 


Mark Gove, a farmer; b. Apr. 8, iSii ; came from Henni- 
ker in 1839, and settled in the south-east part of the town. He 
was a selectman in 185 1. M., Oct. 26, 1839, Sarah Sargent, of 
Henniker, b. June 19, 1817. 

Mary E., b. Feb. 21, 1843; "i. Byron C. Shattuck. 

Mark A.,\). Nov. 22, 1846; m. Angeline Cutts. 

Ira F., b. June 12, 1849. George A.,h. Apr. 27, 1853. 

Celia A., b. Sept. 20, 1855. Madora A., b. Sept. 7, 1861. 

Peter Gove, a farmer; b. Oct. 16, 1810; m.. May 22, 1835, 
Betsey D., dau. of Col. Jessiel Perry, b. Oct. 28, 1815 ; r. in 
Goshen ; part of the family b. here. 

Jessiel P., b. Apr. 7, 1837; m., Feb. 11, 1867, Ellen M. Nichols. 

Susan E., b. Feb. 11, 1839; ™-' August, 1858, Ira D. Cheney. 

Emma F.^ b. May 7, 1845 ; "■>•' Sept. 9, 1877, Orlo F. Way, Claremont, 

Mattic J., b. June 26, 1851; twin; m., Aug. 13, 1874, Warner B. Sar- 
gent; a teacher; d. Dec. 13, 1876. 

Marcia A., b. June 26, 1851; twin; has been a teacher in N. H. and 


Alexis J. Graves, b. Dec. 4, 1826, at Unity ; was a mer- 
chant in Boston some twenty years ; came here from Claremont 
in 1866. M., Nov. 27, 1859, Almira C. Rounsevel, dau. of Ly- 
man Rounsevel. 

Delfred R., b. Mar. i, i860. Hotner A., b. Aug. 14, 1863. 

Sarah B., b. Apr. 16, 1876. 


James A. Gregg [see]_Physicians], m. Priscilla Glidden, of 

James A. DeWitt, b. 1823 ; a physician; d. in California. 
Levancia, b. 1823; m. Frederick S. Canlield, of Arlington, Vt. 
Ewiice C, b. Apr. 15, 1828 ; m. Joseph E. Wilcox. 
Sarah A., b. 1831; m. Dr. Langdon Sawyer, of Springfield, Vt. 



Isaac Griffin, a farmer ; came from Sandown when a lad, 
and lived with Aaron Nettleton, Esq., until he was twenty -one. 
He purchased the farm on tiie Unity road now occupied by 
George E. Dame, where he resided until his death, — some i\hy 
years ; he erected the })resent brick house ; was a selectman in 
1846. Married Abigail Young, of Sunapee. 

Austin, b. May 18, 1817 ; m. Frances Ashley, of Claremont. Cli., Frank, 

b. June 27, 1855 ; Ella J., b. Abu-. 23, 1857, who m. John Patten, ot 

Speda, b. Mar. 30, 1822 ; m. Nathaniel C. Savory, of Newbury. 
Sarali, b. I\L-ir. 27, 1827 ; m. Reuben M. Clougli, of Unity. Ch., Abby, 

b. Mar. 3, 1853; George, b. Oct. 22, 1857; Speda, b. Feb. 17, 

Aaron N., b. Oct. 7, 1832 : m. Helen Emerson. Ch., Bert E., b. Sept. 

23, 1859; William E., b. Oct. '3- i860 ; I'erley N., b. Oct. i, 1870; 

Merton L., b. Apr. 12, 1874. 


Jonah Griswold, b. Sept. 3. 1777 ; came here in 1800 from 
Enfield, Conn. ]M., Jan. 23, iSoo, Clarissa Challee, of Somers, 
Conn., b. Apr. 16, 17S1. Lived at Northville ; a favorite teach- 
er, and a clerk at the old store on Baptist hill. 

Jonah, b. Aug. 31, 1800. Clarissa, b. Dec. 4, 1801. 


David IIai.k, m., Oct. 23, 1813, Sarah Josepha Bucll, dau. 
of Gordon Buell. He was a successful lawyer, and was prom- 
inent among the Freemasons [see Lawyers]. After the early 
death of Mr. Hale, his widow, in order to procure the necessa- 
ry means by which to maintain ami educate her young family, 
devoted herself to literature, and became one of the most emi- 
nent of the literary women of the country. For a sketch of 
her life and works, see Literature. 

David Enter son Hale, eldest son of David and Sarah J. Hale : b. Feb. 
19, 1815. He entered West Point .Military Academy at the age of 
14, and on his graduation, in 1833. although the youngest in his 
class of one hundred and fifty, he stood the eighth in rank. He 
was ai)pointed lieutenant in the First Artillery, at Beaufort, S. C, 
in 1833, and the following year he served against the Seminoles in 


Florida. In 1839 he was ordered to the Canada line, to defend the 
frontier during the difficulty between this country and England re- 
garding the steamer "Caroline." The change of climate from 
Florida was too sudden for his constitution ; — in April, 1839, he was 
seized with hemorrhage of the lungs, and died in a few hours, at 
the age of 25. 

^Horatio, b. May 3, 18 17. 

Frances AtiJi Hale, d-a.\x. of David; b. Mar. 20, 1819; was educated 
at Troy, N. Y. ; m., Apr. 23, 1844, Dr. L. B. Hunter, U. S. N. ; 
r. at Philadelphia. Ch., Richard S., b. Feb. 20, 1845 ; a graduate 
of Princeton, and a member of the Philadelphia bar. Mary S., b. 
July, 1851. Francis, b. 1855. Charles, b. Dec. 24, 1858; in West 
Point Military Academy. Sarah J. Hunter, b. Nov. 16, 1862. Lew- 
is, b. Jan. 4, 1867. 

Sarah J. Hale, second dau. of David and Sarah J. Hale; b. Dec. 4, 
1820. She was educated for a teacher at the seminary of Mrs. Wil- 
lard, at Troy, N. Y.; after graduating she spent several years at 
the South in teaching. While there she was invited to take charge 
of one of the most prominent seminaries in Georgia, which offer 
she declined, preferring to return to Philadelphia, where, in 1856, 
she established a school for young ladies, and where she continued 
her vocation until her death, which occurred May 3, 1863. The 
wide range of her acquirements, her varied reading, and the happy 
influences which came to her by a constant intercourse with culti- 
vated circles, are clearly evinced by the numerous, graceful, and 
interesting sketches which she furnished for the magazines. 

■f William George, b. Oct. 29, 1822. 

Horatio Hale, s. of David and Sarah J. Hale ; b. May 3, 
1817 ; an attorney ; was admitted to the bar at Chicago in 1855, 
and resides at Ch'nton, in the Province of Ontario, where he 
has since been in the practice of his profession, and where he 
has had charge of important real estate, which had descended 
to his wife. [For a more complete account of life and works, 
see Literature.] M., Jan. 21, 1S54, Margaret Pugh, b. Sept. 12, 
1S34, dau. of Wm. and Eliza C. Christy Pugh, of Clinton, for- 
merly of London, England. 

Alfred Jarvis, b. Jan. 5, 1855; d. Jan. 21, 1855. 

Florence, b. Jan. 2, 1856; was educated at Philadelphia, and soon after 

graduating m. an Englishman, a native of London; r. at Clinton, 

Willia7n Bucll, b. July, 1868, at Clinton. 

William George Hale, youngest s. of David and Sarah J, 
Hale ; b. Oct. 29. 1822 ; graduated from Harvard college the 
second of his class ; after which he turned his attention to the 
law, the study of which he pursued in Virginia. On being 


admitted to the bar he went S(juth, and was for many years a 
prominent hivvyer, residinj:^, first, at Galveston, and subsequent- 
ly at New Orleans, in wbicii city he d. Jan. S, 1876. M., Aug. 
2, 1S54, l*"iiiiny Eliza Simmons, dau. of James W. SimuKJiis, of 
Charleston, S. C, b. June 3. 1S31. 

Fanny Joscpha, b. May 23, 1855. Herbert, b. June 13, 1857; d. i860. 

M'iUiam //., b. Oct. 29, 1858. Susan liucll, b. \w^. 2, i860. 

Harrieit Louisa, b. Apr. 2, 1863. Sarah M., b. Mar. 20, 1866. 
Richard, b. Nov. 9, 1868. 

James Hale, a younji^er brf)ther of David : b. March 13. 
1785, at Alstead, N. H. ; came to this town, from Walpole, in 
1850, and purchased a farm in the soutli part of the town, 
where he remained until his death in 1866, at tlie a^^e of 81 
years. He was an extensive reader, and was regarded as a 
man of integrity and sound judgment [see Literature]. M. 
April 8. 1807, Jerusha Yeamans, of Alstead, who d. Jan. 8 
1S38, aged 50 years; m., 2d, Abigail Brow^n, of Alstead. 

yerusha Maria, b. Feb. 10, 1810; d. June 23, 1827. 

Stephen Ycainans^ b. May 23, 1813; has been engaged in various spec- 
ulations at the West and in California. Ls now'retired from a suc- 
cessful career. Resides at Ukiah, Cal. 

Harriet Ann, b. Sept. 22, 1823; m., March 4, 1845, Ephraiin Hev- 
wood ; d. at Manitowoc, Wis., Mar. 27, 1877. 

Charles James, v. at the farm lately occupied by his father. 

Leonard, the youngest son, is an extensive farmer, residing in Califor- 

Syene Hale, another brother of David ; studied medicine 
with Dr. Carpenter, of Alstead ; graduated at Dartmouth col- 
lege in 1833, and, after a brief sojourn here, went West. He 
practised for a while in Fiedonia, ()., after which he removed 
to Chicago, where he has been pecuniarily quite prosperous, 
and where he has become distinguished in his profession. He 
m., June 20, 1824, Betsey, dau. of Moses Dow, of this town, 
by whom he had two sons, Edzvin Moses and Parker^ both 
of whom studied medicine, graduated at Cleveland, O., ami 
are in practice in Chicago. Edwin M. is a professor in Hahne- 
man college, Chicago [see Literature]. 

Enoch Hale, another brother of David ; came to town 


about the same time. He was a fine scholar, and graduated at 
Dartmouth college ; became a teacher. He gave astronomi- 
cal lectures. Died in Hopkinton. 

Hannah Hale, a sister ; m. Hon. Cyrus Barton [see Bar- 
ton] . 

Mary Prescott Hale, dau. of Dr. Wm. Hale, of Hollis, 
and a cousin of the distinguished historian, Prescott, of Boston, 
m. James Wheeler, and came to this town in 1S31. She was 
well educated, and a most successful teacher. 

David H. Hale, a brother; a saddler; m. Jane Forsaith, 
and went to California. 


Amos Hall, one of the earliest settlers : came from Stoning- 
ton, Conn., and lived on the M. Hurd farm, on the Unity road. 
Married Jemima Carter, of Connecticut. 

Ezra, lived on the J. Hale farm ; no children. 
Uriah, lived on the B. Logue place ; no children. 

Reuben, studied medicine with Dr. Shaw, of Unity, and practised at 
Goshen, where he m. a Miss Willey. 

Levi Hall, brother of Amos ; settled on the M. Gove farm. 
M., June S, 17S3, Mrs. Patty Putney, sister of John Silver, Sen. 

Samuel P., b. April 7, 1784. Anna. b. July 31, 1786. 

Nancys m. Daniel Hall, of Lempster. Ch., Sally, m. Joseph Seavey. 

Edzuard, m. Ann Robinson; m., 2d. Ahs. Sargent. 

Mclinda. m. Samuel Chase, of Laconia. 

Eiiieliiie, m. Francis Durrill. of Laconia. 

Edward, removed to Marlow; m. Eunice Brown, dau. of John Brown. 

Patty, m. Simeon Eastman, of Hopkinton; had four children. 

Albina Hall [see Physicians]. 

James Hall, a farmer; b. at Richmond, Vt., July 22, 1792. 
He was a son of James Hall, one of the first settlers of 
Ci'oydon ; came to this town in 1S36, and purchased the farm 
on the Croydon road long known as the Stanard place, where 
he has since resided. He was a selectman in 1S43. In 1S45 


and 1846 he represented this town in the legislature ; has also 
filled other offices of trust at various times in this town and in 
Croydon. M., April, 1S13, Ruth Hall, dau. ofjohn Hall, of 
Croydon, who d. vSept. 16, 1845 ; m., 2d, Nov. 10, 1847, Sarah 
Dustin, of Lebanon, who d. Dec. 19, 1S73. 

John, b. Oct. 3, 1814; d 1852; m. Mary Mahaney; he chose the med- 
ical profession, and studied with Ur. Albina Hall ; graduated at 
Bowdoin Coll. in 1842, and practised at Newark, Ohio. Ch., Julia, 
b. 1S35; m. Rev. John Wesley Thompson, of the N. Y. Conference, 
now (1878) stationed at Troy; has three children, — John Randolph, 
b. 1838; was a brave soldier, and died in the army. Mary, b. 1839; 
m. Otis Hall, of Fredonia, N. Y. ; has two children. 

Sarah J/., b. Aug. 27, 1817 ; m., April i, 1848, Isaac Miles, of Charles- 
town. Ch., Carrie M., b. Sept. 22, 1858; m. Barbor P. Gregg, of 
Barnstead ; r. at Chelmsford, Mass. 

Caroline 7., b. Mar. 18, 1825; m. Ralph N. Hall, of Fredonia. N. Y. 

George Dustin, s. of the second wife of James Hall by a former husband, 
and who had his home here, was b. in Lebanon, Nov. 26. 1828; he 
graduated at Dartmouth college in 1852, and at the Andover Theo- 
logical Seminary in 1859; in the latter year was settled over the 
church in Peterborough, where he has since remained. He was a 
representative from that town in 1870 and 1871 ; he was a member 
of the Board of Trustees of the State Normal School. 

Ralph H. Hall, b. at Portland, N. Y., Nov. 3, 1821 ; he 
was a descendant, in the fifth generation, of Ahira Hall, one of 
the first settlers in the town where he was born. He was edu- 
cated at the academies at Jamestown and Westfield ; he pur- 
sued the profession of teacher for ten years ; was principal of 
the high school at Westfield, and also of the academy at Silver 
Creek ; after which he turned his attention to agriculture and 
stock brokerage. M., 1853, Caroline J., dau. of James Hall. 

Julian y., b. April 9, 1853; d. Aug. 11, 1853. 

Albert L. Hall, s. of Dr. Lyman Hall, of Cornish, and a 
descendant of James and Huldah (Cooper) Hall, of Croydon ; 
is a trader ; was for a while in the employ of Henry Carter, of 
Lebanon, since which he has been engaged for several 3ears by 
prominent houses in Boston ; m. Lama Robinson, dau. of Ja- 
cob Robinson. 

Jonas Cutting Hall, b. Dec. 20, 1S20; was an adopted 
son of Jonas Cutting; d. Oct. 5, 1850; m. Lucinda Strong. 


Hiram C, b. Dec, 20, 1844; m., June 23, 1869, Abbie J. Rider. Ch., 

Willard N., b. Aug. 25, 1870. Lillian M., b. April 4, 1873. 
Jonas C, b. Jan. 11, 1846. Ann E., b. Feb. 12, 1848. 

James Hall, 2d, a farmer ; came from Cornish, and settled 
in the north-west part of the town ; m. Prudence Jackson, of 

Adelitia S., ni. Luther P. Tenney. 

Moses Hall, a cabinet-maker ; was a brother of James Hall, 
2d ; m. Henrietta, dau of Maj. Wm. Harris. 

Elisabeth, William, George. 

Abner Hall, a farmer; s. of Abijah Hall, of Croydon ; b. 
March 21, 1S04; came to this town in 1833; m., March 17, 
1828, Fanny Hurd, of Croydon, b. May 2, 1800. He was a 
successful financier. Died in 1877, l^^iving a valuable estate. 

Ai Hall, a joiner, s. of Oliver and Lois (Clement) Hall, of 
Warner ; b. Feb. 5, 1839 ; came to this town in 1873 ; m., June 
I, 1859, Martha A. Perry, of Croydon. 

Willie Horatio^ b. April 18, i860. Charlie Fred, b. Dec. 30, 1867. 
Cora Electra, b. Feb. 18, 1872. 

Uriah Hall, a tanner; s. of William ; b. Aug. 20, 1823, at 
Hancock; came here in 1855; m., Oct. 5, 1843, Abigail 
Gregg, of Deering, b. Sept. 15, 1819. 

Eliza J., b. Feb. 5, 1844. 

Abby F., b. June 7, 1846; m. Lorenzo Bird, of Bethel, Vt. 
Adelifte, b. March 17, 1848; m., Sept. i, 1875, Sylvester S. Ingalls. 
Charles E., b. Jan. 2, 1852. Mary G., b. Oct. 4, 1855. 


Isaac Hanson, b. Oct. 8, 1816, at Weare ; came to this 
town, and settled at Northville, where he has been engaged in 
shoemaking; m., July 8, 1840, Zilpha O. Dunbar, of Hopkin- 
ton, b. April 13, 1817. 

Lizzie, b. April 13, 1841. Mina, b. Dec. 31, 1846. 


Hezekiah E. Hanson, a brother of Isaac ; b. Aug. 18, 1819 ; 
settled in the north part of the town, on the Croydon road, on 
the place now (1878) occupied by Marshall E. Hatch ; m. Car- 
oline C , (lau. of Nathan Taylor. 

Frank L., b. Jan. 18, 1856; a graduate of Newport high school. 


John Harris came from Killingworth, Conn., between 17S0 
and 17S4; m. Lois Johnson, of Guilford, Conn. 

yoel, b. Sept. 29, 1779. John, b. Jan. 13, 1784. 

David Harris, d. May 10, 1S30, aged 78 years. Rebecca, 
his wife, d. Feb. 20, 1S31, aged So years. 


WiLLARD Harris, s. of Dr. David Harris ; a wood-worker 
and excellent mechanic ; came to this town in 1806 ; d. Aug. 
II, 1848, aged 66 years. Mary, his wife, d. Feb. 27, 1S40, aged 
57 years [see Cabinet Makers]. 

Willard, d. Feb. 14, 1827, aged 19 years. 

^ David. 

Rebecca W., d. July 5, 1868, aged 63 years; m., Dec. 14, 1845, John 

Lynch, who d. June 23, 1849, aged 46 years. 
Henrietta, m., Nov. 24, 1831, Moses Hall. 
Mary, m., Sept. 29, 1840, Edward Kenipton. 
Sally, b. 1820; d. Feb. 11, 1846; m. Paul J. Wheeler. 
Abigail, m.. May 14, 1843, James W. Crowell. 
yames B., r. at Worcester, Mass. 
Lucinda P., b. 1S20; d. Dec. 16, 1850; m. Dennison Humphrey, of 


David Harris, s. of Willard Harris: a carriage-painter; 
operated in this town for many years. He was a door-keeper 
of the House of Representatives in 185 i and 1852, and was a 
deputy-sheriff, a jailer, and a fife-major in the 31st Regt. He 
was a Freemason. Died Feb. 6, 1855, aged 51 years. J^Iar- 
ried Rosamill Hoyt, who d. March i, 1858, aged 53. 

James B., m., Jan. 23, 1845, Emma A. Wakefield. 

Simon Broion, d. Aug. 27, 1857, aged 21 years. 

Sylvester, killed at Granville, on railroad, July 4, 1851, aged 22 years. 


Melvin J. Harris, a cousin of Maj. David Harris ; b. at 
Goshen, April 3, 1S05 ; came here from Orange, Vt., in 1857 ; 
m. Polly Cutler, of Orange, Vt., who d. Feb. 26, 1878 ; m., 2d, 
Laura More, of Plainfield, Vt. 

Viola A., b. Feb. 3, 1855. E/ucline, b. Nov. 23, 1840. 

Marion, m. Henry A. Wilcox. 


Matthew Harvey, s. of Col. John Harvey, of Sutton, and 
nephew of Gov. Matthew Harvey ; b. at Sutton, Jan. 14, 1815 ; 
came to this town in the autumn of 183 1, and was an appren- 
tice in the office of the TV. H. Spectator. After serving his 
full time here, he went to Boston, where he was engaged in 
printing; returned to Newport in 1S37, and ^" 1840, in con- 
nection with Henry G. Carleton, purchased the Argus and 
Spectator establishment, where he has since been engaged in 
business. M., Sept. 21, 1847, Experience R. Grossman, dau. 
of John Grossman, of Unity, b. June 21, 1819, d. Nov. 16, 1869; 
m., 2d, Nov. 28, 1S76, R. Emma Chapman, of Providence, 
R. I. [For a further account of him, see Press and Literature.] 

Sophia C, b. May 11, 1849. 

Minnie Attn, b. May 8, 1853; m., May 15, 1878, Frank P. Meserve. 


Madison Harding, a farmer ; b. Mar. 24, 1835 ; came from 
Croydon in 1859. Married Lucinda Powers ; m., 2d, Charlotte 
M. Rogers, of Goshen. 

Lincoln H., b. May 6, i86o. Mary L., b. Sept. 4, 1864. 

Sarah E.. b. Jan. 19, 1867. Frank M., b. Aug. 3, 1869. 

Increase y., b. June 3, 1872. 


Benjamin B. Hastings, b. Dec. 6, 1804 ; a native of Maine ; 
came here from Grantham in 1858, and lived on what was 
known as the Silas Wakefield farm. Married Eliza Smith, of 

Elijah D., b. Nov. 2, 1831 ; studied the profession of law with Amasa 
Edes, Esq., of this town ; r. at St. Louis, Mo. ; m. Frances Corbin, 
dau. of Col. Charles Corbin. 


Alexander, h. July 20, 1834; in. Helen A. Tibbetts. CIi , Nellie M., 

Lillian F. 
Andrew J., b. June 27, 1836; m. Marcia M. Story. CI1., Eugene F., 

Edwin, b. Mar. 20, 1838; m. Abbie M. Beman. CIi., Frank C, Fred 

E., Grace. 
Zilpha C, b. Mar. 27, 1840; m. William M. Dewey. CIi., Albert E., 

Alpheus ]}., Mary A., George, P'rank E., Fred L. 
Alvira B., b. Sept. 5, 1842; m. Frank S. Taylor. 
Lyman B., b. Oct. 10, 1846; m. Jennie Heman. 
E/iza A., b. July 11, 1848 ; m. Stephen H. Hurd. Ch., Delmer G. 
James L., b. Mar. 24, 1850; m. Isabel A. Crowell. 

Eben Hastings came from Grantlian ; lived at Northville. 
Richard M. J., b. Dec. 14, 1837; m. Betsey A. Fletcher. Ch., Ella. 


The Hatclies descended from Joseph Hatch, who came from 
England to this country, and settled at Plymouth, Mass. 

Alvix Hatch came from Alstead ; for a number of years 
drove a large team between this town and Boston ; afterwards 
turned his attention to mercantile business, and, in connection 
with Dea Joseph Farnsworth, built the brick building now 
owned by Sylvanus Stowell, where he continued trade until his 
death, which occurred Dec. 16, 1S4S, at the age of 56 years. 
He was a selectman in 1S35 ''^^^^ ^^S^? ^^^^ '^ representative in 
1S3S and 1S40. M., Nov. 39, 1S35, Sally B. Stevens, who d. 
July 17, 182S, aged 24; m., 2d, Mary Fairbanks, sister of Ste- 
phen Fairbanks, of Boston, who d. Feb. 25, 1S49, ''^g^d S^ 
years. Had two children. 

Trypiiena Hatch [see Col. William Cheney]. 

Reuben Hatch, b. June 29, 17S7. at Alstead; m.. May 6, 
iSio, Lucy Andrews, of Hillsborough, b. Nov. 16, 17S7; m., 
2d, Mary A. Gilmore, sister of Hon. Thomas W. Gilmore, who 
d. at Greggville, 111. 

Seih Chel/is, b. Nov. 9, 1810; became a physician at the West. 

Mason Hatch, b. in Alstead, Mar. 3, 1791 ; m., March 5, 


iSi8, Apphia Andrews, b. Mar. 5, 1795, d. Sept. 18, 1855 ; m., 
2d, Nov. 12, 1S56, Mary R. Day, b. May 11, 1S12. [vSee Phy- 

Etnily Train^ b. April i, 1819; d. Oct. i, 1839. 

Abigail Andreivs, b. Feb. 6, 1821; d. Oct. 13, 1839. 

Leonard Maso7i, b. May 14, 1823; d. May 26, 1823. 

Sarah S., b. June 19, 1824; ni. Samuel C. Baldwin. 

Louisa F., b. April 11, 1827 ; m. Hon. Dexter Ricliards. 

Charles M., h. Jan. 7, 1833 ; d. Mar. 20, 1834. 

Ellen A/., h. Sept. 19, 1834; m. William Nourse ; d. Feb. 27, 1872. 

Caroline E. B., d. April 3, 1837. 

Isaac Hatch, b. Oct. 30, 1795, at Alstead ; d. Oct. 3, 1S3S ; 
a brother of Reuben. M., Sept. i, 1824, Philena Hammond, of 
Gilsum, b. Aug. 6, 1806, d. May 14, 1863. [See Physicians.] 

Philena P., b. June 10, 1826 : lives at Milford, Mass. 

George H., b. Sept. 26, 1828; a merchant in Boston; m. Marcia A. Sim- 
mons, of Plymouth, Mass.; m., 2d, Mary A. Austin. 

Mary V., b. Sept. 16, 1830; m. William Lewis, of Plymouth, Mass. 

Ellen, b. July 28, 1833; d. Sept. 12, 1833. 

E7nily F., b. July 6, 1838 ; m. Leonard L. Bullard, of Boston ; r. at Re- 
vere, Mass. 

Marshall E. Hatch, a tin-worker and hardware trader ; b. 
Aug. 27, 1828 ; is a native of Berlin, Vt. ; came to this town in 
1872 ; was in trade with F. A. Sibley, and afterwards with S. 
G. Stowell. Married Sarah J. Fogg, of Meredith. They had 
a silver wedding in 1877. 

Clara M., b. Oct. 23, 1857. 


William Haven, b. May 4, 1759; came to Newport from 
Royalston, Mass., in 1778, and settled in the north part of the 
town, on the farm still owned by his son Williajn, yr. He 
m. Rebecca Jacobs, dau. of Rev. Whitman Jacobs, of Royals- 
ton. He had mechanical skill, and made most of the plows, 
yokes, and carts for his neighbors, in the earlier days. He 
raised fine stock, and had unusual tact at training houses and 
oxen. He was a soldier in the Revolution. 

Polly, b. Nov. 27, 1782 ; m. Jacob Perkins, and removed to Vermont. 
Rebecca, b. Nov. 23, 1786; m. Jonathan Wakefield, Jr. 
Mary, b. Feb. 9, 1790; d. unmarried. 


Martha, b. h.\\%. 5, 1793; m. Harvey Whipple, of Croydon ; had a fam- 
ily ; (1. at the West. 

Jacob, b. May 5, 1795; a mechanic and preacher; m. Catherine 
Strcetcr; r. at the West. 

\VVillia)ii, b. Jan. 21, 1797. 

Mehitable, b. Jan. 6, 1799; m. Ansel Metcalf, of Croydon; has a fami- 


Thomas, b. Aug. 2, 1801 ; a noted fox hunter; delighted in rifles and 
greyhounds; r. at Goshen: m. Jane Liljbey. Ch., IJcnj. F., d. in 
the war; Rebecca P. ; SophroniaA. ; Henry H. ; George W. 

Phcbe, b. July 29, 1803; m. Horatio Metcalf. 

William IIavex, s. of William; b. Jan. 21, 1797; has ever 
remained at the old homestead, and has dev^oted his life mainly 
to farming. He inherited much of his father's mechanical gen- 
ius. M., Dec. iS, 1S34, Sarah M., dau. of Moody Dustin, of 
Claremont, b. Aug. 8, iSoS. 

Lucy A., b. Nov. i, 183V 

Cynthia II'., h. April 14, 1840; m. Martin L. Whittier. 

Jonathan Haven, b. May 17, 1769; came from Royalston, 
Mass., about 17751 '^iK^ settled on the M. W. Emerson farm, on 
the Cornish turnpike; m. Sarah Wakefield. 

Chloe, b. Feb. 5. 1794; m. John Jones. 

\ James, b. Feb. 27, 1796. 

Reuben, b. June 20, 1798; m. Abigail Cheney. Ch., Richard C, b. 

April 19, 1823. 
Simeon, b. April 22, 1801; m. Susan Rice; r. in Michigan. 

James Haven, s. of Jonathan ; a mechanic and a lover of 
books; lived at Northville ; m., April i, 1S19, Calista Freeto, 
b. Nov. 23, 1796. 

\Benjamin F., b. Dec. 25, 1819. Sally, b. June 4, 1822. 

Nancy, b. Nov. 6, 1823. 

Ann, b. Oct. 21, 1825; m. Hon. Samuel P. Thrasher, of Cornish. 

George If'., b. May 22, 1828. Abial L., b. Oct. 15, 1S29. 

Drncilla, b. Jan. 27, 1832. John L., b. Sept. 29, 1833. 

Calista, b. Nov. 13, 1837 ; m. Lorenzo D. Dow. 

James^ b. Nov. 13, 1837. 

Benjamin F. Haven, s. of James; b. Dec. 25, 1S19: took 
the old homestead at Northville, where he has been engaged in 
milling. He was for several years in the hame business, 
and has been engaged to some extent in the joiners' trade. 


He was, at one time, a military officer. M., Oct. 25, 1842, 
Sarah B. Howe, b. Jan. 21, 1820. 

"[John B., b. Feb. 4, 1844. 

Edgar Willis, h. Oct. 27, 1847; a jeweller; m., Nov., 1869, Julia 

Bridgeman, of Binghampton, N. Y. ; r. at Syracuse, N. Y. Ch., 

Mabel B., b. Jan. 18, 1872. 
Fanny E., b. Sept. 3, 1852. 

Luella A., b. April 6. 1855; m., April 11, 1878, Sanford H. Bascom. 
Willie Frank, b. May 16, 1859. Geoj'gc McClellan, b. Feb. 10, 1861. 

John B. Haven, s. of Benj. F., b. Feb. 4, 1844; a butcher 
and provision dealer; m., March 23, 1867, Matilda A. Picker- 
ing, of Mendon, Mass., b. Aug. 10, 1838. 

Gny Alton, b. Mar. 11, 1875. 

George P. Haven, s. of Moses, and a grandson of Rev. Ja- 
cob Plaven, of Croydon; b. Feb. 25, 1828; d. June 18, 1866; 
came here from Plainfield in 1S57 ; lived in the north-west part 
of the town, on the old Cornish turnpike; m.,June 8, 1852, 
Martha Jane Sherman, of Croydon. 

F7-ed George, b. June 9, 1853. John Shermaft, b. April 23, 1856. 

Moses H., b. Feb. 26, 1859. Nellie Eastman, b. Sept. 23, 1864. 


Shubael Hawes, a sea-captain ; b. Dec. 2, 1802 ; came from 
New Bedford, Mass., and settled on the A. P. Wellcome place, 
on the Croydon road, where he was engaged in farming. While 
in town, at the time of the gold excitement in California, he 
formed a trading and mining company, purchased a vessel for 
them, and sailed for San Francisco. Like a true sailor, he was 
warm-hearted and generous. He d. at Calcutta, June 3, 1S56, 
aged 53 years. M., July 27, 1827, Nancy B. Smith, b. Aug. 
II, 1805. 

Frances B., b. Nov. 28, 1832; m., Dec. 28, 1851, Frederic Crocker, of 

North Bridgewater, Mass., a sea-captain. She d. June 29, 1853, 

while on a voyage to Europe. 
Mary J., b. May 21, 1837; m.. May 21, j86i, Henry M. Wilmarth ; r. 

at Chicago, 111. 
SJmbael H.. b. May 5, 1840; m. Lucinda B. Pratt, of Buffalo, N. Y. 

Ch., Lillian Clark, b. Oct. 8, 1864; Maria Louisa, b. March 3, 

George £"., b. Aug. 28, 1842; d. Dec. 14, 1863, at Fortress Monroe. 



Thomas II. Heai.d, a joiner; b. April 3, 1S20, at Madison, 
Me. ; came to this town in 1873; ni., March 24, 1 841, Mary 
A. Rogers, of Norridgewock, Me., 1). June 15, iS?,i ; liad nine 
children, two of whom came to this town. 

\Daniel R., b. Sept. 21, 1846. Cora J/., b. April 24, 1864. 

Daniel R. Heald, s. of Thomas H. ; b. Sept. 21, 1846 ; a 
joiner; came to this town with his father in 1873; m., Feb. 
22, 1871, Susy A. Walker, of Topsfield, Me. 

Bell, b. Oct. 9, 1873; d. young. Effie, b. Dec. 12, 1875. 


Caleb Heath came from Bow, N. H., about 1800, and set- 
tled on the I. Millen farm ; m. Abigail Page. 

Betsey C, b. July 26, 1792. Washington, b. May 22, 1794. 

Harris, b. March 30, 1796. 

Gil/nan, b. April i, 1798; d. Jan., 1804. 

David P., b. April 22, 1800. Nelly, b. Dec. 30, 1803; d. young. 

Solomon, h. Feb. 10, 1805; graduated at Dartmouth college in 1826; 
studied law ; was admitted to the bar ; practised his profession at 
Belfast, Me., until 1849. when he removed to Waterville, Me., 
where he d. June 30, 1875. 

JosiAH Heath, b. Oct. 5, 1767; came to this town about 
1793, and settled on the P. & J. Crowell farm, in the west part 
of the town, and built the house now there. He was several 
times a selectman. M., Feb. 6, 1794, Rachel Nettleton, a dau. 
of Jeremiah. Moved to Vermont. 

Daniel, b. Feb. 15, 1795. William, b. March 9, 1797. 

Mehitable^ b. Jan. 5, 1800. Sally, b. Sept. 5, 1801. 

Rachel, b. March 18, 1804. Deborah, b. Aug. 13, 1806. 

Elias Heath came from Plymouth, Mass., in 1791, and set- 
tled on the N. C. Todd farm. Married Lucy Cutler. Pie re- 
moved with his family to Woodbury, Vt. 

\Libbeus, b. Dec. 7, 1794. Lucy, d. at 16. 

Richard, m. a dau. of Sam. Sawins, of Woodbury, Vt. 

Elias, a large dairyman at Woodljury, Vt. ; father of Hon. Chas. H. 

Heath, of .Montpelier ; a distinguished lawyer, who was two years 

president of liie senate of Vt. 
Elvira, m. Titus Wheelock ; r. at Plainfield, Vt. 


LiBBEUS Heath, s. of Elias; b. Dec. 7, 1794; m., 1816, Lu- 
cinda Rickard, of Cornish, b. April 12, 1799. They resided a 
while at Woodbury, Vt., Ijiit returned here in 1S32. 

yesse, b. Dec. 9, 1820; m. Dolly Goddard ; r. at San Francisco, Cal. 

Lydia, b. Feb. 2, 1822; m. Amos Rawson, of Croydon. 

lugalls, the second son, m. Betsey A. Perry, of Croydon. Ch., George, 

m. Clara Pike, of Springfield, Vt.; r. at Claremont. 
Eliza, b. Feb. 27, 1828; m., Mar., 1843, Caleb Young; m., 2d, April i, 

1871, Nathan P. Gilmore. 
^Trujiian L., b. Dec. 5, 1830. 

Alvira, b. Oct. 21, 1833 ; m., July 4, 1855, Daniel D. Muzzey. 
Augusta C, b. 1836; m. Elias Sawyer. 

Truman L. Heath, s. of Libbeus Heath, b. Dec. 5, 1S30; is 
a carriage-painter ; he was a first lieutenant in Co. H, ist Regt. 
Heavy Artillery, during the civil war; r. at Claremont. Mar- 
ried Sarah I. Russell ; m., 2d, Sept. 18, 1865, Frances L. Young, 
of Sunapee, b. Feb. 11, 1846. 

Charles y., b. Jan. 30, 1868. Lillian S., b. Nov. 16, 1873. 

Bartholomew Heath was for a while a resident of this 

Keziah, b. April 12, 1808. Lucy, b. Oct. 7, 1810. 

Sargent Heath, a drover and hotel-keeper ; came from 
Henniker ; he built the residence now occupied by W. A. F. 
Ladd, south of the bridge on Main street, then known as the 
"Newport Coffee House," where he kept a hotel while he re- 
mained in town. 

Robert R. Heath, eldest son, was graduated at Dartmouth college in 
1825 ; taught the academy at Hillsborough, where he studied law 
with President Pierce. After being admitted to the bar, he re- 
moved to Jefferson county, N. C, where he held several important 
positions, and where he remained until his death, which occurred 
in 187 1, at the age of 65. He was an able lawyer, and fully real- 
ized the promise of his youth. 

yereiniaJi, second son; m. Eunice Perry. 

yohn, studied medicine. 

James vS. Heath, a carriage-maker; b. June 11, 181 1, at 
Franklin ; came to this town from Goshen, where he had re- 
sided for several years, in 1S55, and, in connection with Terry 


Ilalpine and Elias Lathrop, opened an extensive carriage-fac- 
tory ; after which was in business alone until his death, wliich 
occurred July 15, 1S73. M., 1S34, Olive C. Woodbury, b. 
April S, 1816, who d. Jidy S, 1873. 

\Byron C, b. Jan 22, 1839. 

Byron C. Heath, s. of James S. ; b. Jan. 22, 1839 ; follow- 
ed his father's occupation. M., May 9, 1861, Annie M. Pease, 
b. June 24, 1836; r. at Grantham. 

Charles B., b. Sept. 3, 1862. James W., b. June 28, 1864. 

Herman C, b. Sept. 10, 1870. 


Foster Henry, b. Apr. 7, 1817, at Perkinsville, Vt. ; s. of 
Capt. Foster Henry, who was in command in the War of 181 2 ; 
he was prepared for college at the New Hampton Literary 
and Theological Institute ; graduated at Brown University in 
1845, and at the Newton Theological Institute in 1848. After 
a brief time he spent a year at the West. While supplying the 
First Baptist church, at Madison, Wis., he raised a subscrip- 
tion of $6,000 to erect them a church edifice. He was ordained 
and settled as pastor at Tyringham, Mass., in 1852, and subse- 
quently at Pawtucket, R. I., and Danvers, Mass ; he was or- 
dained over the Baptist church in this town in 1866. At the 
end of six years he resigned liis pastorate, and accepted a call 
from the church at North Bennington, Vt., where he now re- 
sides. During his pastorate here, through his earnest and per- 
sistent labor, aided especially by the enterprise of the young 
men of his society, and having the cooperation of the whole 
parish, a substantial parsonage was built, and the beautiful 
church edifice, in which the society has since worshipped, was 
erected. While here he was a superintending committee several 
years, and labored hard to promote the efficiency of our school 
system, M., April 28, 1853, Sarah Elizabeth Prescott, of Con- 
cord, dau. of Dca. Abraham Prescott, b. April 2, 1828, who 
graduated at New Hampton Female Seminary, ranking among 
the highest in her class ; she became a teacher of Latin and 

Italian in the same institution, where she remained four years 


and a half. She subsequently taught at the Chowan Female 
Collegiate Institute, at Murfreesborough, N. C, until her mar- 
riage with Mr. Henry. 

Charles, b. in Tyringham, Mass., Sept. 3, 1855; he was educated at 
New London, and at the Colgate academy, at Hamilton, N. Y. ; he 
was also at the Harvard Dental School at Boston. 

Esther Maria, b. April 22, 1859; ^'^^ educated at the North Benning- 
ton high school, Vt., and has studied music in the New England 
Conservatory of Music, Boston. 


George Herrick, s. of Samuel; b. Sept, i, 1808; came 
from Hopkinton in 1838, and was engaged in mercantile busi- 
ness until his death, Dec. 7, 1S69. M., Nov. 12, 1840, Lydia 
B., dau. of Benjamin Muzzey. 

Elizabeth C, b. Dec. 24, 1841 ; d. July 17, 1843. 
George, b. Aug. 14, 1845. 

Frances E., b. June i, 1849; i"-' June 3, 1866, E. W. Young. Ch., 
Effie F., b. June 2, 1867 ; George W., b. Feb. 9, 1870. 

Truman Herrick, s. of Asa; a native of Hopkinton ; lived 
on Summer street ; a skilful farmer. Married Susan Carter ; 
m., 2d, Abigail Knight, of Newburyport, Mass. 

Susan C. 


John H. Higbee, b. Oct. 13, 1814, at Claremont ; a mer- 
chant ; was clerk in the store of B. Nettleton for many years, 
and afterwards in trade with Nathan Mudget at the C. H. 
Whitney store. He was a justice, town-clerk, and a coroner. 
M., May 17, 1842, Adeline Emmons, of Bristol, b. July 4, 1S19. 

Isa M., b. Nov. 29, 1844. Charles R., b. Feb. 24, 1847. 

John IV., h. Mar. 11, 1848. Carrie A/., b. May 29, 1852. 

Edward W., b. Dec. 26, 1853. 

Samuel A. Higbee, b, July 21, 1823 ; came from Claremont 
on his wedding day, March 19, 1S63. Married Bethiah D. 
Wilmarth ; r. at the B. Wilmarth place, on Pike hill. 


Alexander V. Hitchcock, a merchant tailor ; b. Nov. 4, 
1 82 1, at Rockingham, Vt. ; came from Claremont in 1S58. He 


was a register of deeds in 185S, 1859, ^"^ i860; a quarter-mas- 
ter sergeant and a lieutenant in the war of the Rebellion ; 
a representative in 1876 and 1S77. Married AdalineM. Nason, 
of Claremont. Now r. at Alstcad. 

Ada M., b. Oct. 13, 1849. Albert, b. July 14, 1856. 

Edwin C, b. Dec. 7, 1858. Grace £"., b. May 15, 1866. 


Robert Hogge was a native of Ireland. He operated here 
in the early part of this century ; was a shop-keeper and fancy- 
goods peddler, having an establishment on the site now occu- 
pied by the Phenix hotel. He had three children, Robert, Will- 
ia?n, and Nancy. Robert graduated at Dartmouth college in 
182S ; was a teacher and a man of talent. 


John O. Hobbs, b. June 2, 1822 ; came from Deerfield to 
this town in 1866. He was a merchant tailor, genial in his 
manners, and did an extensive business until his death, which 
occurred Sept. 25, 1875. Married Anna Moore. 

Katie M., b. March 8, 1868. 


Eli Howe, b. Dec. 3, 1781 ; d. March i, 1S71 ; lived on Mt. 
Tug; m., March 26, 1809, Sally Dunham, b. May 20, 17S9. 
They lived together 62 years. She d. March 4, 1874. 

\Se71eca, b. March 10, 1810. 

Betsey Z>., b. Oct. 24, 181 1 ; m. John P. Wilcox, of Lempster. 

Sally, b. July 29, 18 14. 

Gilbert, b. Oct. 27, 18 16; m. Alice Marston. 

Solomon, b. Oct. 27, 1818; d. young. 

Sarah B., b. Jan. 21, 1820; m. Benj. F. Haven. 

Fanny D., b. Oct. 17, 1821; m. Ira P. Thatcher. 

William, b. Sept. 19, 1823. 

Cyrus B., b. Feb. 22, 1825; m. Betsey Comstock; ch., Charles. 

Seneca Howe, s. of Eli ; b. March 10, 1810; a farmer; m. 
Aseneth Howe ; m., 2d, ISIehitable INIuzzey. 

Abel P., b. July 27, 1840; m. Martha A. Wright. 
Albert, b. May 5, 1841 ; m. Electa Still. 


Frank E., b. April 24, 1843; "i- Annie Hill. 

Elbridi^e A'., b. July i, 1850; m. Esther Page. 

Wallace M., b. April 24, 1852. John M., b. Sept. 2, 1855. 

Mary A., b. Nov. 4, 1858. Hattie, b. Sept. 14, 1862. 

Stephen Howe, b. Feb. 25, 17S6; came from Henniker, 
and settled on the L. P. Tenney farm ; m. Ruth Colby. 

yoshiia C, b. July 12, 1810; m. Lydia Kelley. 

Janet, b. Jan. 3, 1812; m. Harvey Case; m., 2d, Joseph Mason, of 

Sunapee, May 10, 1874. Ch., Rufus. 
Stephen, b. June 13, 18 14; m. Arvilla Robinson, ofWindsor, Vt. 
Lois M.,h. Nov. 25, 1816; m. Stowell Hovi'e, of Mass. 
Philip, b. Jan. 4, 1819; a physician; m. Ann E. Howe; went West. 
Ruth, b. March 20, 1821; m. Peter Hurd, of Croydon. 
JerusJia, b. March 4, 1823; m. George Howe, of Gardiner, Mass. 
Horace, b. Sept. 28, 1827; m. Hannah Muzzey, 
Martha A., b. Dec. 13, 1831 ; m. Luther P. Tenney. 

Abel Howe, b. April 12, 17S8; came here from Henniker 
in iSii ; lived in the south-west part of the town ; m., April 4, 
1811, Jerusha Colby, b. Oct. 25, 1790. 

■fGeorge IV., h. June 22, 1812. 
Aseneth, b. June 11, 1815; m. Seneca Howe. 
Calista R., b. July 11, 1819; m. Daniel B. Dunham. 
Harriet £"., b. May 15, 1826; m. Randall Evans. 

George W. Howe, s. of Abel ; m. Sally M. Carr, and lived 
in the south part of the town. 

Daniel W., m. Maroa Page; r. atMarlow. 

Harriet A., m. Chas. Kempton; ch., Nettie. 

Flora, m. Dr. Ira P. George; r. in Nebraska. 

Marcia, m. in Nebraska. George A. Etta A. 

Mitchell W. Howe, a marble-worker; b. June 16, 1816; 
came from Whitefield, N. H., in 1851 ; m. Mary M. Moody, 
Nov. 24, 1S40. 

Solomon Howe [see Free Will Baptist]. 

Richard S. Howe, a civil engineer; b. at Plainfield, July 
23, 1822 ; came here from Lebanon in 1869 as engineer in the 
construction of the C. & C. Railroad. He was educated at 
Lebanon academy, was under the instruction of J. C. C. Hos- 


kins, of Virginia, engineer at Boston four years, and has de- 
voted most of his hfe to his favorite caHing, mainly in connec- 
tion with raih'oads. Upon the formation of the Union school 
district he was elected one of tiie Board of Education, and has 
taken a lively interest in our schools. Married Emeline, dau. of 
Moody Dustin, of Claremont. 

Ardin S., b. June 22, 1855. 

Emma L., b. May 5, 1859; ^ graduate of Newport high school. 

Alice E., b. Oct. 5, 1861. 


Joseph S. Hoyt, b. Oct. 25, 1791 ; d. Jan. i, 1S63 ; a/arm- 
er ; came from Warner in Nov., 1834, and settled at Kelleyville. 
He was a selectman in 1843 ; also a justice of the peace, a major 
in the militia, and for many years was a prominent member of 
the Congregational church. M., May 4, 1S19, Judith Davis, of 
Warner, b. July 31, 1796, d. July 24, 1842; m., 2d, Mrs. Ada- 
liza Gleason. 

Fanny, b. July 31, 1820; m. Solon Kimball; lives at Milford. 

Emeline, b. Oct. 24, 1826; m. Francis W. Comstock. 

Susan D., b. Oct. 7, 1828; m. Ethan S. Cfiase. 

Nancy S., Jan. 26, 1830; d. Apr. 13, 1868. 

Moses, b. June 12, 1833; a machinist at Fitchburg, Mass. ; m. Harriet 

H. Bascom. Ch., Francis C, Frank, Alice, Harry M. 
Carrie, d. Nov. 9, 1858, aged 12 years. 

Moses Hoyt, Jr., b. Aug. 15, 1765, at Salisbury; d. Aug. 
27, 1836; m., Jan. 3, 1799, Sarah Whitcomb, of Henniker, b. 
Apr. 29, 1769. 

Olive, b. Nov. 14, 1801. Sally, b. Feb. 5, 1806; m. Joel Putney. 

Gould, b. Nov. 30, 1809. 

Joseph Hoyt, b. Sept. 27, 1778, at Weare ; m. Nov. iS, 1802, 
Mary Patterson, of Henniker, b. June 25, 17S1. 

Polly P., b. Sept. 12, 1805. 

Joseph G. Hoyt, d. Oct. 17, 1851, aged 43 years. M.,Mar. 
6, 1835, Catherine C. Parmelee, who d. Jan. 23, 1840, aged 33 
years; m., 2d, Catherine Gleason, who d. Jan. ii, 1846, aged 
21 years. 



Alokzo D. Howard, s. of Rev. Lewis Howard ; b. Feb. 17, 
1833 ; a merchant and tivil engineer ; came here from Hopkin- 
ton in 1871 ; he was educated at the N. H. Conference Semi- 
nary. Married H, Augusta Jewett. 
Ralph R., b. June 10, i860. Emma M., b. Oct. 7, 1862. 


Zenas C. Howland, b. Feb. 32, 1844; came from Charles- 
town, Mass., in 1S64, and purchased the P. R. Gardner farm, 
on East mountain, where he resides. Married Olive J. Savory, 
of Sunapee. 

Henry L., b. Nov. 20, 1867. 


Abxer Hunt, s. of Thomas and Deborah (Nickerson) Hunt ; 
b. March 24, 1823 ; came from Charlestown, in 1852, and set- 
tled on the B. Logue farln, on the Unity road, where he died in 
1853. He had been a music teacher. M., in the spring of 
1852, Nancy Howard, of Townsend, Mass., who was a gradu- 
ate at Mount Holyoke Seminary, — a lady of intelligence, and a 
successful teacher ; d. at Fitchburg, Mass. 


Ransom Huntoon, b. April 25, 1836 ; a son of Harvey Hun- 
toon, of Unity; came here in 1S64, and was in trade in the 
Burke block ; he was a soldier in the war of the Rebellion. M., 
Sept. 12, 1859, Elizabeth L. Thorp, of New York, b. Nov. 29, 

Harry H., b. July 8, 1862. Mary E., b. Nov. i, 1867. 

Ida A., b. Sept. 21, i86g. Charles H., b. Sept. 20, 1871. 

Ariel A. Huntoon, a brother of Ransom ; a merchant ; b. 
Sept. 29, 1851 ; commenced here in 1873. Married Carrie 
Kenerson, b. July 20, 1853. 

Everett H., b. Dec. 6, 1875. Katie E., b. June 24, 1876. 


Erastus Huntoon, b. Aug. 27, 1797; came from Unity in 
1S40; lives at Northville. Married Clarissa, dau. of David 
Fletcher, Sen. 

^ David Fletcher, b. Feb. 2, 1831. 

Harriet A., b. Dec. 18, 1833; m., June 20, 1851, Wm. W. Page. 

Melita A., b. April 27, 1836; m. Peter Crowell. 

David Fletcher Huntoon, s. of Erastus Huntoon ; b. Feb. 
2, 183 1 ; at the age of twelve went to reside with his uncle, Rev. 
Luther J. Fletcher, and under his tuition received most of his 
early training ; studied law, and, on being admitted to the bar, 
was for a while in practice at Lov^^ell, Mass., but went to the 
West, and is now doing a prosperous business at Grand Ha- 
ven, Mich. 


Nathaniel B.Hull, b. Sept. i, 1802; a farmer; came 
from Lempster, where he was a representative two years, and 
lived on the Goshen road ; removed to Manchester, where he 
now resides. Married Lima Ke3'es, of Acworth, b. 1807, d. 
1S39; ^^'t '^^1 Emeline C. Moore, of Lempster, b. May 31, 

Lima J., b. Jan. 28, 1828 ; m. Oliver F. Stearns. 
^Orison N.,h. March, 1839. 

Edmund Burke, b. June, 1850; m. Sarah Foster of Bedford; ch., 
Harry Foster, b. July 25, 1878. 

Orison N. Hull, s. of Nathaniel B. ; b. March, 1S39; ^^^ 
learned the jewellers' trade of Amos O. Woodbury; was in 
business for a while in this town, but soon went to Sweetsburg, 
Canada, where he has had a prosperous career. Married Nel- 
lie Gleason, of Sweetsburg. 

Alberta. Edith. 


John Hunton was among the pioneer shoe-makers and tan- 
ners in the village. His first shop stood on the site of the pres- 
ent Burke's building. He afterwards operated where the 
Rounsevel tannery now stands. He d. Nov. 21, 1841. I^Lar- 
ried ALary Brown, b.June 16, 17S0; d. March 10, 185S. 


Sally ^ b. Sept. 6, 1797; m. Abel Moody, of Unity; d. April 7, 1828. 

Mary, b. April 13, 1800; m. Hezekiah Whittemore ; d. May 20, 1841, 

Portia, b. May 30, 1803 ; m. John Cummings; d. July 20, 1844. 

Salona, b. Aug. 25, 1805 ; m. Samuel W. Dame. 

Sophia, b. Sept. 20, 1809; m. Abner B. Kelley, Feb. 5, 1832. 

Charlotte, b. Feb. 22, 1811; d. Sept., 1847; m. Samuel E. George. 

Pamelia, b. June 8, 1813; m. Daniel M. Knight; r. Brooklyn, N. Y. 

Angeline, b. Aug, 20, 1815; m. Lyman Kimball, of Thetford, Vt. 

\John H., b. Aug. 15, 1818. 

Abbie B., b. Dec. 14, 1820; m. Geo. A. Searles; ch., Frank. 

John H. Hunton, son of John Hunton ; b. August 15, 
181S. He was bred a tanner, learning the trade in the es- 
tablishment of John B. Stowell, of this town, and has, with 
the exception of a brief time spent in hotel-keeping at Man- 
chester, followed his trade. He has had an extensive and 
thriving business, mainly at the lower tannery, where he oper- 
ated until he sold out to Lyman Rounsevel in 1867. His 
buildings were burned, and in 1865 he rebuilt the establish- 
ment now occupied by Rounsevel & Son. In i87i,in con- 
nection with J. W. Ladd, he purchased the upper tannery, 
where he has since operated. Mr. Ladd d. in 1875, since 
which time he has carried on the business alone. He was rep- 
resentative in 1858, and again in 1859. M., Sept. 6, 1843, 
Mary A. McCollum, of Unity, b. Dec. 20, 1821. 

Martha J., b. July 29, 1844; m. Himan A. Averill, March 19, 1867. 
Edward, b. Apr. 18, 1846; d. Nov. 12, 1847. 

Edwin M., b. May 5, 1852; is a tanner, operating in his father's estab- 
lishment. He is a Knight Templar. 

Hills Hunton, b. Oct. 23, 1777; came from Unity ; m., 
March 3, 1800, Hepsibah Hurd. 

Lydia, b. June 23, 1801. 


Elisha Hutchinson, b. at Sharon, Conn., in 1749; gradu- 
ated at Dartmouth college in 1775 ; was the first settled minis- 
ter at Pomfret, Vt., and became pastor of the Baptist church 
here in Nov., 1814, which relation he continued till disabled by 
sickness. He d. in 1833, aged 84 years. Married Martha 
Eddy, who d. at Windsor, Vt., in 185 1, aged 75 years. 


^Moses, b. April, 1800. ]David, b. Sept. 21, 1802. 

Enoch, b, June 7, 1810; a clergyman and teacher; now r. in New York 

^Elijah, b. June 7, 1810. 

MosKS Hutchinson, s. of Rev. Elijah Hutchinson ; a farmer ; 
after operating here for a while, he removed to Cornish, where 
he now resides. M., June 12, 1S25, Mehitable, dau. of Benja- 
min Whitcomb. 

Saimtel^ b. Aug. 17, 1826; m. Angeline Dean, of Cornish. 

Elisha, b. Nov. i, 1828. 

Martha J., b. Sept. 28, 1830; m. Alonzo Webb, of Windsor, Vt. 

Austin C., b. Oct. 28, 1831; is a farmer; r. at the B. Whitcomb place. 

Sarah y., b. Sept. 28, 1834; d. in 1872. 

Moses H., b. Aug. 20. 1836. Ellen, went to Maine. 

Benjamin, went to Massachusetts. 

David Hutchinson, a farmer on Thatcher hill ; s. of Rev. 
Elijah Hutchinson. Married Esther Reddington, of Wenham, 

yacob R., b. Feb. 15, 1836; m. Augusta L. Lear, of Goshen; m., 

2d, Ellen Peters. Ch., Elmer E. 
Prentice C, b. May 6, 1838 ; m. Sarah M. Weed, of Unity. 
Elijah, b. Feb. 5, 1841 ; killed in battle at Spottsylvania, Va. 
George A., b. Sept. 17, 1845 ! d. at Camp Nelson, Ky., March 23, 1864. 
Charles E., b. Oct. 7, 1849; m. Annie Thomas, of Malone, N. Y. 
Albert E., b. June 30, 185 1. Henry C, b. Jan. 29, 1858. 


Elijah Hutchinson, s. of Rev. Elisha Hutchinson ; after a 
preparatory training, studied theolog}', and was ordained as 
pastor of the Baptist church, at Windsor, Vt., in 1S34, which 
relation continued until 1S59, — twenty-five years, — at which 
time he resigned his charge. Married Laura, dau. of Benjamin 

Henry E., a lawyer in New York, yohn, a student in college. 


Zeno Hunter, b. 1S13 ; a carriage-maker; came from Cor- 
nish. M., Feb. 14, 1835, Almira M. Burnap, of Cornish. 

yohn H.,b. March 14, 1841 ; a carriage-maker; m. Ellen P. Harris; 
r. at Hartford, Vt. Ch., Lettie M., b. Feb. 10, 1864 ; Annie L., b. 
Feb. 5, 1870. 


Harlan P., a carpenter and joiner; b. Oct. 30, 1844; m. Nellie A. 

Weaver, of Charlestovvn, Mass. Ch., Maud A., b. Nov. 26, 1872; 

Florence M., b. Jan. 20, 1875. 
Lyman H., b. Feb. 9, 1853; a carriage-maker. 


The Hurds, Samuel and Nathan, were sons of Samuel. 
They came from Killingworth, Conn., and were among the 
earliest settlers. 

Samuel Hurd, s. of Samuel, was one of the eight young men 
who came to this town in June, 1766, and made the first settle- 
ment. He was a selectman, a representative, and otherwise a 
prominent man among the early settlers. His residence was at 
the A. B. Chase house, now owned by Col. Jacob Redding- 
ton, in the south part of the village. Married Lydia Wilcox, 
a dau. of Stephen, and a sister of Jesse and Uriah. The father 
gave them the land on which they settled. 

\Samuel, b. Nov. 12, 1858. \Stephen, b. Dec. 4, 1760. 

Rebecca, m. John Pike, of Nevi' London. 

Hepsibah, d. July 26, 1774. 

Lydia, b. June 7, 1768 ; m. Reuben Bascom. 


Polly, b. May 6, 1770; m. Ruel Keith. 


Samuel Hurd, s. of Samuel and Lydia (Wilcox) Hurd ; b. 
Nov. 12, 1758; d. March 8, 1S26; came here with his father 
when eight years of age ; was a prosperous farmer. He 
lived on the Endicott farm, in the west part of the town ; m., 
May I, 1782, Anna Thurston, who d. May, 1835, ^g^d 73 years, 

Ajtna, m. Zadoc Bowman; went West. 

Parmenas, m. Sophia Dean, of Claremont ; lives in western New York. 

Sanmel, d. Aug. 5, 1826; m., Jan., 1818, Mary Ann Corbin. Ch., 

Charles, clerk in A. T. Stewart's store, New York city ; W. Wallace, 

a dentist in New York; Samuel. 
Lydia, m. Moses Chapin. Rtia, m. Parmenas Whitcomb. 

Paulina, m. David S. Newell. 

Stephen Hurd, s. of Samuel and Lydia (Wilcox) Hurd ; b. 
at Killingworth, Conn., Dec. 4, 1760; m., Dec. 20, 1781, Abi- 
gail Glidden, of Deerfield ; m., 2d, Oct. 15, 1793, Betsey Clein- 
mens ; lived on the Wm. Carr farm, on the Unity road. 


Fa7t}!v, b. March 27, 1783. \Stcphen, b. Jan. 8, 1787. 

Polly, b. Dec. 28, 1788. Eiiplicba, b. March i, 1791. 

^j«, b. Feb. 5, 1793. Betsey, b. May 29, 1794. 

\Carleton, b. Dec. 26, 1795. Nelly, b. March 23, 1798. 

Stephen Hurd, s. of Stephen :ind Abigail (Glidden) Ilurd ; 
b. Jan. 8, 1787 ; lived in the south-west part of the town ; m., 
Nov. 27, 1S06, Nabby Wilcox. 

Hubbard G., b. Nov. 19, 1808. Abigail, b. June 20, 181 1. 
Miriam W., b. Feb. 2, 1813. Eiinice S., b. March 21, 1815. 

Owen, b. Dec. 25, 1817 ; fl. young. A'orman, b. Oct. 30, 1820. 
Elizabeth, b. Jan. 20, 1823, Jesse VV.,h. July 14, 1824. 

Albin P., b. Nov, 19, 1827. Owen, b. Jan. 2, 1830. 

Carleton Hurd, s. of Stephen and Betsey (Clemmens) 
Hurd; b. Dec. 29, 1795; graduated at Dartmouth college, 
1818, and at Andover Theological Seminary, 1S22 ; entered the 
ministry as pastor of the Congregational church, at Fryeburg, 
Me., Sept. 17, 1S23 ; d. Dec. 6, 1S55. He was an eminent di- 
vine and a learned scholar. M., May 11, 1S23, Sophronia 
Wines, dau. of Rev. Abijah Wines. 

Nathan Clark, b. May 16, 1826; graduated at Dartmouth college, 1846; 
a clergyman; d. at Kalamazoo, Mich., aged 40. 

May Chase, b. Nov. 12, 1827; m. Rev. Lyman White, pastor of Con- 
gregational church, Deerfield. 

Joh7i Sydney, b. Dec. 28, 1831 ; graduated at Dartmouth college, 1851 ; 
a physician in Iowa. 

Marion Lyle, b. Jan. 25, 1837; d. young. 

Asa Hurd, s. of Samuel, senior; d. May 11, 1844, aged 71 
years; m. Phebe Griswold, of W^alpole, who d. Jan. 20, 1S39, 
aged 64 years. They lived on the S. S. Wilcox place. 

Sylvanus, a deacon in the Congregational church; d. Aug. 18, 1831, 

aged 33 years ; m. Betsey Wilcox. 
Calvin, d. Sept. 28, 1849, ^S^d 50 years; m. Elizabeth Dickson; m., 

2d, Laura Sawyer; ch., Calvin A. 
Josiah, m. Mary Wright, of Killingworth, Conn. ; r. in Wisconsin. 
Hial, d. in Boston; m. Anna Sargent. 
Emmons, d. at 40. Phebe, d. young. 

Pamelia, b. Dec. 17, 1800; m. Orlando Chapin. 
Speda, m. S. S. Wilcox; r. at Claremont. 

Elnathan Hurd, s. of Samuel, senior ; lived on East moun- 
tain ; was a deacon in the Congregational church for many 
years. Married Lovisa Griswold, of Walpole, 


Jemima, m. John Reddington. ^Albert, b. April 20, 1814. 

Lovisa, m. Horace Everett. Lucy, m. Hiram Roby, of Warner. 

Clarissa, m. Sylvanus Richards. Lydia, m. Obediah Peters. 
Willard, killed by accident. 

Albert Hurd, s. of Dea. Elnathan Hurd ; b. April 20, 
1814; d. Feb. 19, 1876. Lived on the Goshen road; was an 
industrious farmer. M., Dec. 5, 1839, Harriet Silsby, of Ac- 
worth, b. July 3, 1808. 

Milton S., b. Feb. 27, 1841 ; m. Mattie Morrill. 

William C, b. April 7, 1843; r"- I^^lle Chase, dau. of Nelson Chase. 

Charles E., h. March 25, 1845; d. young. 

Harriet A., b. Oct. 23, 1846; m. Jacob K. Adams, of Sutton. 

Henry A., b. Oct. 23, 1846; m., Oct. 15, 1874, Emma C.dau. of L. W. 

Martha A., b, Nov. 12, 1849; »''•' Nov. 4, 1874, Wm. H.Welch, of 

Franklin E., b. April 12, 1852; d. Jan. 20, 1872. 

Nathan Hurd, b. at KilHngworth, Conn., Feb. 2, 1746 ; m., 
Feb. 22, 1770, Ruth Labree, of Charlestown, b. May 19, 1747; 
lived on the D. B. Robinson place, on East mountain. 

\Peter, b. April 26, 1771. ^Nathan, b. Sept. 9. 1772. 

\john, b. Jan. 18, 1774. Elisha, b. Mar. 27, 1775; d. young. 

Abigail, b. Sept. 29, 1776; m. Nathan Cutts. 

Sarah, b. Mar. 2, 1778. \Levi, b. Sept. 30, 1780. 

\David, b. Jan. 28, 1784. 

Thankful, b. Feb. 4, 1786; m. Tristam Noyes. 

Peter Hurd, s. of Nathan ; lived on the Elisha Hurd farm, 
on East mountain ; m.,Jan. 3, 1793, Sally Hitchcock; m., 2d, 
May 5, 1796, Mary B. Atwood. 

Phila, b. Oct. i, 1793; m. Jonathan Patten, of Deering. 

Sally, b. March 18, 1795 ; m. Benjamin Blood; m., 2d, Benjamin Mes- 

Jacob A., b. Dec. 10, 1796; d. April 28, 1813. 
\Ira, b. Aug. 25, 1798; m. Dolly Baker, of Goshen. 
Hiram, b. June 2, 1800; m. Esther Patten, of Deering. 
Phebe, b. March 23, 1802; m. Charles Coburn, of Newbury. 
Lydia, b. May 15, 1804; d. Feb. 23, 1806. 
John A.,h. Nov. 28, 1806; m. Elizabeth Jewett, of Croydon. 
Afoses A., b. May 12, 1808 ; d. April 23, 1818. 
\Elisha, b. Jan. 10, 181 1 ; m. Florinda Stevens, of Claremont. 
Tirzah, b. Jan. 19, 1813; m. Isaac Messer, of Goshen. 
Irena, b. April 28, 1815 ; m. Orrin George, of Sunapee. 


Ira Hurd, s. of Peter, and grandson of Nathan ; lived in the 
south-west part of the town ; removed to Goshen, where he d. 
M., iSiS, Dolly Baker, of Goshen. 

Peter, m. Ruth Howe. Ch., Stephen H., Henry J., Luther M., Mary 

R., George A. Resides in Croydon. 
Ja})tes B., m. Lucretia Dudley. 
John, m. Aurilla Rowell. Ch., Edwin J., Adelbert A., Albert I., Mary, 

Marilla, Clark, Carl, James, P>ank. Resides in Croydon. 
Sylvarius, m. Martha Greeley; r. at Sunapee. 
Ira, r. at the old homestead; m. Sophia Maxfield. 
Richard M., d. at 20. 

Elisiia Hurd, s. of Peter, and grandson of Nathan ; b. Jan. 
II, iSii; m. Florinda Stevens, of Claremont. lie lived on 
East mountain, on the place now occupied by his son Bela. 

Charles, b. Dec. 27, 1830; m. Sarah F. Alden, of Claremont. 

Lois, b. March 4, 1833; d. at 22. 

Julana, b. July 24, 1840; m. Center L. Cutts. Ch., Lewis. 

George, b. Nov. 20, 1842; m. Helen L. Alden, of Claremont. 

Bela, b. Jan. 3, 1845; r. at the homestead; m. Nettie, dau. of Isaac 

C. Tenney. Ch., Willie E. 
Ellen, b. Jan. 4, 1848; ni. Charles L. Gardner. Ch., George E., Bela 


Nathan Hurd, Jr., b. Sept. 9, 1772; a clothier, and had 
his mill at the falls above the Sugar River Mills. M., Aug. 31, 
1797, Sarah Maxfield, of Bradford. 

Cynthia, b. July 26, 1778 ; m. John Lamberton. 

Alinira, b. Aug. 5, 1799. Farnielia, b. Feb., 1802. 

Sarah, b. Jan. 5, 1804; m. Elisha Sturtevant. 

Ruth, b. Aug. 25, 1805; m. George Metcalf. 

Mariah, b. July 20, 1807; m. Elbridge Reed. 

Lavina, b. Jan. 22, 1809; m. Paul Fitch. 

Lydia, b. Feb. 4, 181 1 ; m. Erastus Reed. 

Sophronia, b. Nov. 29, 1812; m. Elias Stephens. 

Mary A., b. Aug. i, 1814; m. William H. Dunbar. 

John Hurd, s. of Nathan and Ruth (Labree) Hurd ; b. Jan. 
18, 1774; m., Nov. I, 1815, Dorcas Noyes, b. Feb., 17S2; 
ived on the E. Hurd farm on East mountain. 

Mary N., b. Oct. 15, 1S16; m. David E. Carr; lives on East moun- 
\Enoch N., b. Nov. 25, 1S18. 

Enoch N, Hurd, s. of John; b. Mar. 25, iSiS; a farmer, 


and took the homestead, where he remained until his death. 
Married Jerusha Colby, of Hopkinton. 

Woodbury A'., b. Feb. 27, 1847 ; remains at the homestead. 
Maty S., b. July 20, 1849; ™- Frank Moore. 
Louisa J., b. April 10, 1854. 

Lois A., b. Jan. 10, 1862; a graduate at the Newport high school; a 

Levi Hurd, s. of Nathan and Ruth (Labree) Hurd ; b. Sept. 
30, 17S0; lived on the I. B. Hurd farm on East mountain; d. 
June 3, 1S54. M., Feb. 19, 1806, Anna Bradley, of Haverhill, 
Mass., who d. Sept. 33, 1S56, aged 70 years. 

'[Moses, b. Nov. 23, 1806. Louisa, b. Feb. i, 1811. 

\Isaac B., b. June 28, 1815. Marinda, b. Jan. 14, 1819. 

\Rial, b. Jan. 31, 1826. 

Moses Hurd, s. of Levi ; b. Nov. 23, 1806 ; lived at the H. 
B. Barton place, on the Goshen road ; moved to Springfield, 
Vt., where he now resides. M., Nov. 7, 1S33, Caroline Bas- 
com, dau. of Reuben, b. Feb. 18, 1S07. 

Asenath L., b. Oct., 1834; m., Nov., 1856, Daniel E. Carr; went to 

\Loren Bascom, b. Aug. 29, 1836. 
Caroli7ie V., b. April 21, 1840; m., Oct. 31, 1858, George Rockwell, of 

Springfield, Vt. 

LoREN Bascom Hurd, s. of Moses Hurd ; b. Aug. 29, 
1S36 ; removed to Springfield, Vt., where he has been a valu- 
able citizen, and where he is now post-master. M., June 4, 
1S67, Ellen Louisa Hazard, b. Aug. 9, 1842, at Annapolis, 

Ora Ella, b. Aug. 11, 1869. Ray L., b. May 17, 1876. 

Isaac B. Hurd, s. of Levi and Anna (Bradley) Hurd ; b. 
June 28, 1815 ; a wealthy farmer; r, for many years on East 
mountain, when he sold out, and came to the village ; m. Em- 
eline Dow. 

Carleton, b. Oct. 7, 1842; commenced the druggist business in Eagle 
block, in the store with Ira P. George. He soon, however, pur- 
chased the entire stock, and removed to his present block, where 
he has a successful trade. M., Jan. 3, 1871, Marietta Garfield, of 


Nancy M., b. Jan. 7, 1845; m., July i, 1876, Wallace W. White. 
Elizabeth A., b. April 5, 1848; m., Sept. i, 1865, Dennis J. Gardner. 

Rial Hurd, s. of Levi ; b. Jan. 31, 1S26 ; a prosperous farm- 
er ; lives on the Dea. Phineas Chapin farm, in the west part 
of the town; m. Elvina Woods; m., 2d, Emily, dau. of John 

Antia C, h. April 16, 1858. Charles R., b. Oct. 3, 1863. 

Nellie is., b. April 29, 1868. 

David Hurd, s. of Natlian and Ruth (Labree) Hurd ; b. 
Tan. 28, 17S4; built the house since occupied for many years 
by I. B. Hurd, on East mountain ; m., Nov. 23, 1807, Sally 
Robinson, of Pembroke, b. July i, 1786. 

Litcinda, b. Aug. 30, 1808. Mary, b. April 8, 18 12. 

Nathan, b. Jan. 9, 1815. Harvey, b. Feb. 22, 1818. 

Orren, b. April 7, 1820. Cyrtts, b. June 26, 1822. 

Alvah, b. May 2, 1824, Philenus, b. Jan. 9, 1827. 

Moses Hurd, a farmer ; b. Dec. 13, 1808, at Lebanon ; came 
to this town from Croydon in 1S34. He spent a few years on 
Pike hill, but soon after, in 1842, purchased his farm on the 
Unity road, where he resided until his death, which occurred 
Feb. 22, 1869. Married Adelia D., dau. of Bazaleel Barton, of 

Melissa A., b. 1836; d. May, 1841. 

Sumner F., b. 1838 ; was for a while clerk at Lebanon; went to Boston, 

where he enlisted, and was with the 6th Mass. Regt. when mobbed 

at Baltimore; was in the 5th N. H. Regt., where he was 2d Lieut. 

in Co. E; was six weeks in Libby prison; m., 1869, Henrietta C. 

Elliott, of Baltimore; ch., Anna M., Mary, Josephine, Sumner 

W., Edward Elliott; r. in Vineland, N. J. 
Jennie //., b. April 11, 1840; m., Dec. 12, 1876, Eugene A. Paul, s. of 

Avor. Ch., Eugene Ralph, b. Jan. 9, 1878. 
Melissa M., b. Aug. 9, 1842; m., Jan., i860, Ira P. Smith, of Langdon. 
Ziba, b. July 27, 1844; d. Jan., 1845. 
Lewis y., b.Sept. 10, 1846; was at the battle of Fredericksburg; d. Dec. 

24, 1862. 
Horace E., -a. trader here; b. Oct. 4, 1853; m., ALiy 30, 1876, Nettie 

Prouty, of Hardwick, Mass. Ch., Cuthbert, b. July, 1878. 


OsHA Ingram, a clothier and manufacturer ; settled here 
about 1S20; d. June 29, 1S57, ^^^^ ^-' ^^j ^"S- 9' iS2i,Mary 


Briggs, of Massachusetts, who d. Oct. 5, 1825 ; m., 2d, Oct. 10, 
1S26, Ann Roberts, of Hartford, Conn., who d. Aug. 8, 1S60. 

AdolpJius, b. July 5, 1823 ; m. Mary A. Tarlton, of Amherst. 

Mary B., b. Sept. 21, 1825 ; m. Bela G. Jones. 

Elis'ha R., b. Oct. 7, 1827; d. Apr. 14, 1832. 

George M., b. June 24, 1830. Martha S., b. Sept. 23, 1833. 

■\Henry M., b. May 23, 1836. \ Arthur H., b. June 16, 1839. 

Henry M. Ingram, s. of Osha Ingram ; b. May 23, 1836; 
m. CJarinda George, of Acworth. He has for many years been 
one of the overseers in Sugar River Mills. 

George H., b. Sept. 16, 1859. Charles S., b. Sept. 20, i860. 

Frank A., b. July 10, 1872 ; d. young. 

Arthur H. Ingram, s. of Osha Ingram; b. June 16, 1S39. 
He was register of deeds for Sullivan county for several years ; 
is a fine penman. He was clerk in the store of Averill & Bart- 
lett. M., June i, 1865, Hattie A. Maxfield, of Goshen. 

Arthur F. and Alvah F., twins, b. Sept. 9, 1868. 
Katie S., b. May 17, 1874; d. young. 


Edward Ingham, b. Apr. 16, 1821 ; was educated at Nor 
wich, Vt. ; came from Croydon in 1848, and settled on the F. 
M. Cutting farm at Kelleyville. He was a superintending 
school committee, and a successful teacher. He was after- 
wards in trade at Lebanon, at Keene, and at Springfield, Vt. 
While at the latter place, in 1870, he was appointed superin- 
tendent of the N. H. State Reform School. He discharged the 
duties of this position with such marked success that the trustees 
of the reform school at Meriden, Conn., induced him, by the 
proffer of a greatly augmented salary, to take charge of that 
institution. At the end of two years he resigned his trust there, 
and removed to St. Paul, Minn., his present residence. M., 
Mar. 6, 1844, Lucy Putnam, dau. of Col. Nathaniel Wheeler, 
of Croydon ; m., 2d, May 20, 1853, Marinda D. Potter, of Leb- 

Helen, b. Mar. 8, 1849; d. Dec. 12, 1853. 

Lucy Isabel, b. Feb. 3, 1853 ; d. young. 

Edward, b. Dec. 5, 1855; graduated, 1877, at Dartmouth college. 

Nellie, b. Jan. i, 1858 ; educated at New London academy. 



Sylvester S. Ingalls, b. May 28, 1839, at Goshen: came 
to this town in 1855. He is a joiner, having learned his trade 
of B. M. Gihnore, and is among our finest workmen. M., 
Dec. I, 1858, Marietta Emery Dean, dau. of Solomon Dean ; 
m., 2d, Aug., 1S76, Adeline Hall. 

Josephine A., b. Aug. 30, 1859; m., Nov. 21, 1875, William Thomp- 
son, of Lynn, Mass. ; lives at I'ittsfield. 
Edgar Solomon, b. July 11, 1863 ; d. June 30, 1868. 


Eli Jacobs, s. of Whitman Jacobs, of Croydon ; settled on 
the place now vacant, just north of the C. C. Shedd farm. He 
moved to Vermont. Married Jerusha WhipjDle. 


Milton S. Jackson, b. Apr. 3, 1844; came to this town 
from Lebanon in 1865, and was in trade for several years with 
Chester Averill, at Wheeler's block, since which he has been 
a deputy sherift', and is now in the livery business. He was 
three years in the war; was a candidate for sheriff' in 187S. 
M., Jan. I, 1865, Sarah Edson, of Claremont, b. Aug. 13, 1S48. 

Charles M., b. Nov. 23, 1867. 


This family is descended from the Welsh, or ancient Britons. 
Robert Jenkes was of W^olverton (manor), parish of Eaton- 
under-Ey wood, Shropshire, in the reign of Edward HI. Herbert 
Jenks, Esq., possessed Wolverton about 1640, and his estate 
fell to his heirs by a daughter. From this ancestry was Joseph 
Jenks, ^ founder and machinist, of Hammersmith, England, b. 
in 1602. He was " a very ingenious man," and was induced 

•This surname is found spelled Jenks, Jinks, Jynks, Jenkes. Jencks, and JenckoB. Some of 
these methods have arisen from careless spelling, the result of false pronunciation. The signa- 
tures of different members of the same family, as well as in some individual cases, in this coun- 
try, are found to be Jenks, Jencks, and Jenckes. Joseph, Sen.,' spelled yenks ; Joseph, Jr.,* 
yenckes. Their descendants chiefly follow the first method. Jeremiah's" signatures weije 
yenks until his later years, when his signature is found to be yenckes, the method adopted 
by his sons. His grandsons, however, have chiefly followed the first or simpler method. 


by Gov. Winthrop, 2d, to estai)lish ''the iron and steel works" 
in Lynn, Mass., about 1642, the first worker in iron and brass 
in America. Joseph,^ b. in Eng., in 1632, followed his father 
to Lynn about 1647 ' '""• Esther Ballard, of Lynn, b. in Eng. in 
1633 ; went to Providence, R. I., and established himself in 
his father's line of business at Pawtucket Falls, founding the 
city of that name. Nathaniel,^ of Providence, b. in 1662, m. 
Hannah Bosworth. Jonathan,'* of Providence, m. Mary Slack, 
of Scituate. Jonathan,^ of Cumberland, m. Hannah Pullen. 

Jeremiah Jenks,® mariner and farmer; s. of Jonathan' and 
Hannah (Pullen) Jenks ; was b. in Smithfield, R. L, Nov. 29, 
1739, and came to Newport prior to the Revolutionary war. A 
deed from James Sheldon to him, bearing date Jan. 24, 177^^' 
attests the purchase of" one share, of 340 acres, on east side of 
Connecticut river (Newport)," one sixty-eighth part of its ter- 
ritory. In a deed of land purchased by him in "Saville," July 
2, 1773, he is described as "late of Smithfield, R. I., now of 
Newport." Feb. 25, 1776, he m. Lucy Whipple, of Cumber- 
land, R. L, b. April 16, i']^6. Tradition says they arrived in 
Newport, with their household goods, July 4, i77^» '^'^^ first 
established themselves on what is known as the Parmelee place, 
on the south road. In 1776 Mr. Jenks's name appears third on 
the list of signers of the "Association Test," which was circu- 
lated for signatures at the request of the Committee of Safety 
for the colony. At a meeting of the inhabitants, July 24, 1776, 
he was chosen lieutenant of the Newport volunteers, and was 
of those who left, June 9, 1777, to take part in the capture of 
Ticonderoga. July 10, of the same year, he was one of a com- 
mittee of three to fix the value of farm products, which schedule 
of prices was to be used as a basis of exchange in lieu of money. 
In March, 1791, he was elected selectman ; and Nov. 7, of the 
same year, he was one of a committee of five to superintend the 
building of the Congregational meeting-house, which for thirty 
years served that society, and stood near the foot of Claremont 
hill. Between 177S 'I'^tl 1792 he made purchases of land from 
Josiah Stevens, Aaron Buell, James Church, Israel Bryan, 
Uriah Wilcox, Nathan Fisher, and Stephen Perry, by which 
he became the largest landholder in the town ; in 1802 he was 


the heaviest tax-payer in Newport. lie gave a farm of more 
than one hundred acres to each of three sons, the homestead of 
two hundred acres to a fourth, and a forty-acre lot of hind to 
each of three daughters. IMr. Jenks was of unusual stature, as 
were three of his sons. He was several inches over six feet in 
height, witli a corresponding muscular development. His 
wife and three of her daughters were nearly, if not quite, six 
feet tall. Pic d. Jan. 4, 181 1 ; his wife survived him until May 
19, iSiy. 

Hannah, b. March 22, 1777 ; m.. May 26, 1803, Col. James D. Walcott, 

of Cumberland, R. I.; d. in Newport, Sept. 2, 1823. 
Nancy, b. March 7, 1779; m., April 10, 1796, Dr. Abiel Ledoyt ; d. 

Dec. 4, 1829. Ch., Albiniis ; d. young. 
^yereiniah Wliipple, b. June 11, 1780. 
\Oliver, b. Feb. 13, 1782. 
Lucy, b. March 15, 1783; m., Jan. 22, 1805, Asa Corbui, of Newport : d. 

in childbirth, Jan. 4, 1806, mother and child being buried in the 

same grave. 
\Bela Whipple, b. March 12, 1785. ] Thomas Bowen, b. Oct. 8, 1786. 
Betsey, b. March 9, 1789; d. Feb. 23, 1790. 

Jeret^iiaii Whipple Jenckes, s. of Jeremiah and Lucy 
(Whipple) Jenks, b.June 11, 17S0. He received a farm of 100 
acres from his father, which is now owned by A. P. Wellcome, 
at junction of the Cornish & Croydon turnpikes. He r. there 
until 1S15, then disposed of his property, and moved to Brid- 
port, Vt., and purchased a fine farm overlooking Lake Cham- 
plain. Two years later he removed to Crown Point, N. Y., 
and engaged in lumbering and farming, where he spent the re- 
mainder of his life. He m., Jan. 26, 1S03, Hester, dau. of Rob- 
ert Lane, of Newport, and sister of the distinguished physician 
and surgeon, Dr. Robert Lane, late of Sutton. She was b. 
Jan. 2, 17S4; d. Oct. 34, 1850. He d. Aug. 12, 1852. 

Arzelia, b. March 3, 1804; d. Feb. 13, 1814. 

Lucy Corbin, b. Jan. 10, 1806; d. Jan. 24, 1806. 

Nancy, b. Aug. 21, 1807; d. Aug. 31, 1807. 

Hester Amelia, b. Dec. 22, 1808; m., Oct. 23, 1834, Royal Stowell, of 

Crown Point, N. Y. In 1856 they moved to St. Clair, Michigan. 

Shed. Feb. 23, 1877. Ch., Sarai, b. 1835; Asa R.. b. March, 

"Jeremiah, b. in Newport, N. H., Dec. 13, 1810; went with his parents 
to Bridport and Crown Point; in 1853 removed to Michigan, and 
engaged in lumbering for many years on the shores of Lake Huron. 
He is the senior member of the firm of J. Jenks & Co., Sand Beach, 


Mich., manufacturers of salt and flour, and dealers in general mer- 
chandise. He also farms extensively, and has been very success- 
ful in his business undertakings. From 1861 to 1864 he was inspector 
of customs, and two years deputy collector of internal revenue. He 
was a member of the Michigan state senate in 1875 and 1876. He 
m., Sept. 10, 1837, Relief Huestis; m., 2d, April 29, 1874, Aman- 
da (Messer) Jeni<s, widow of Benj. L. Jenks. Ch., George Wal- 
ton, b. May 9, 1838; Mary Elizabeth, b. Sept. 15, 1846. 

Jesse Lane, b. in Newport, April 8, 1813. In the early part of life he 
engaged in farming. In i860 he moved from Crown Point, N. Y., 
to Michigan and engaged in the hotel and livery business, which 
he followed to the close of his life. He m., Oct. 6, 1848, Jane Mi- 
nor, by whom he had two children; m., 2d, April 5, 1856, Mary 
Martin, who had four children. He d. March 16, 1876. Ch., Bela 
Whipple, b. July 18, 1849. Robert H., b. June 19, 1851 ; d. Oct. 
10, 1854. Helen, b. April 19, 1858; d. April 24, 1862. Robert 
M., b. Aug. 18, 1859. Jennie, b. Jan. 25, 1861. William, b. Aug. 
2, 1863. 

Arzelia, b. July 10, 1815 ; m., March, 1849, George G. Hewitt; d. May 
5, 1850. Ch., Arzelia A., b. May 5, 1850. 

Za^_y ^«;/, b. May 2, 1817; m., June 29, 1837, Simon Beckwith, and 
went to Michigan in 1856. Ch., Charles, b. May 7, 1838; Benja- 
min J. ; Arzelia J. 

Benjamin Lane, b. at Crown Point, N. Y., April 25, 1820; moved to 
Michigan in 1856, and engaged in farming and lumbering all his 
life. He held several offices of trust in his town. He m., March 
8, 1849, Amanda Messer. He d. Dec. 10, 1868. Ch., James Mes- 
ser, b. July 14, 1850; Robert Henry, b. July 26, 1854; Jeremiah 
Whipple, b. Sept. 2, 1856; Hester Pamelia, b.Dec. 12, 1858; Mar- 
tin Lane, b. July 15, 1861. 

Bela Whipple, b. at Crown Point, N. Y., June 6, 1824. On passing 
his majority, he went to Michigan ; is a farmer, and is a partner 
with his brother, Robert H. Jenks, in a general mercantile busi- 
ness in St. Clair; has held several town and city offices, and has 
twice been elected a state senator. He m., Nov. 3, 1853, Sarah 
Carleton. Ch., Charles Carleton, b. Aug. 24, 1854; William Lee, 
b. Dec. 27, 1856; Mary Eliza, b. Jan. 4, 1859; Anna Barnard, 
b. July 29, 1 861 ; Frank Dike, b. March 11, 1864; Russ Stowell, 
b. June 10, 1867; George Sandford, b. Sept. 11, 1869. 

Robert Henry, b. at Crown Point, April 28, 1827; went to Michigan in 
1 85 1 ; a farmer, and is engaged in general mercantile business ; has 
been post-master at St. Clair twelve years, and president and treas- 
urer of the Farmers' Mutual Fire Insurance Co. ten years. He m., 
April 13, 1854, MaryS. Clarke. Ch., Sarah Helen, b. April 17, 
1855; d. Aug. 18, 1856. Emeline Clarke, b. June 13, 1857. Her- 
bert Lind, b. Oct. 26, 1859; d. Oct. 16, 1873. Lucy Arzelia, b. 
Sept. 4, 1861. Ella Amanda, b. Sept. 3, 1863; d. Sept. 28, 1864. 
Helen Clarke, b. Aug. 3, 1865. John Henry, b. Dec. 4, 1866. Ben 
Lane, b. June 13, 1869. Tubal Orren, b. Oct. 6, 1871. 

Oliver Jenckes, s. of Jeremiah; b. Feb. 13, 1782; passed 
a portion of his boyhood with his uncle, Oliver Whip- 
ple, at Hampton and Portsmouth, where some educational 


advantages were obtained. He received the homestead farm, 
one of llie hugest and best in town, and was successful in its 
management. He was frequently called to ofHcial position from 
1814 to tlic year of his death. He was selectman ten years ; 
five times moderator; representative to the legislature in 1S28 
and 1S29 ; and agent to divide the town into school districts, 
and to lay out and build roads. Mr. Jenckes, as a memljer of 
the builchng committee, bore an active part in erecting the bap- 
tist meeting-house in the village, and entered earnestly into all 
enterprises looking to the benefit of the town. In 1812 and 
1830 he was one of the ten heaviest tax-payers. Was a captain 
in the militia, and was a justice of the peace. M., IMarch 9, 
1S09, Levina, dau. of Eleazer Jackson, of Cornish. He d. Sept. 
17, 1S37. His wife was b. Sept. 10, 1791, and d. Sept. 7, 1877, 
surviving her husband forty years. She lived to see ten of her 
children reach and pass middle life before death made a breach 
in their ranks. She was a generous and self-denying mother, 
and remarkable for her bountiful hospitality. 

A son, b. and d. Jan. 17, 1810. 

Lucy, b. July 29, 181 1 ; educated at Newport and Hopkinton academies; 
was a teacher in Newport, and in Belvidere, N. J., for several years. 
She m., Dec. 10, 1846, Otis Withington, of Brookline, Mass., b. 
Aug. 30, 1801, d. March 5, 1873. She d. Jan. i, 1879. Ch., 
Charles Francis, b. Aug. 21, 1852; a graduate of Harv. Coll.; a 
successful teacher in the classical schools of Brookline and Rox- 
bury : is a graduate of Harvard Medical School. 

Elizabeth Whipple, b. Dec. 6, 1812; educated at Newport and Hopkin- 
ton academies; was a teacher, and r. some years in Fredericks- 
burgh, Va. ; r. at the homestead. 

Henry Allen, b. March 20, 1814; educated at Chester (Vt.) academy. 
In Feb., 1836, after passing his majority, he engaged in agricul- 
tural pursuits in Rhode Island; subsequently went to Illinois, and 
purchased a farm, which he occupied until the death of his father, 
when he returned to Newport and took charge of his mother's por- 
tion of the estate. He purchased the interests of the otlier heirs, 
and now owns the homestead. In 1858 he was elected selectman; 
was one of the founders of the Newport Agricultural Association, 
and its treasurer two years ; is a deacon of the Baptist church, and 
one of its staunchest supporters. 

Harriet, b. Sept. 20, 1815; remained at the homestead; d. Dec. 13, 

^Eleazer Jackson, b. March 3, 1817. 

Oliver, b. Feb. 3, 1819; d. Feb. 20, 1819. 

Oliver Boiven, b. Feb. 5, 1820; educated at Kimball Union .Acad- 
emy: in 1840, went to Virginia and engaged in teaching. Having 
excellent musical abilities, he taught the cultivation of the voice, 


and gave instruction upon the piano, flute, and guitar. Before 
leaving Newport, lie was a leader of the choir in the Baptist 
church. In 1844 he began the study of medicine with Dr. Twy- 
man, of Madison county, Va., and graduated at the University of 
Pennsylvania in 1855. He was twice chosen vice-president of the 
Virginia Medical Society, and was esteemed by his contempora- 
ries as eminent in his profession. May 4, 1858, he m. Laura 
Catharine, daughter of Dr. Tvvyman, who was b. July 15, 1833, 
and d. Nov. 16, 1875. He d. March 22, 1876. No children. 

" Dr. Jenks," says Dr. Row, in announcing his death to the 
Medical Society, of which he was an active member and officer, 
" was in many respects a remarkable man, and in his life displayed 
as much energy and devotion in his profession as any practitioner 
I ever met. As a physician, he was accomplished and successful, 
proverbial for his kind and courteous demeanor towards his pro- 
fessional brethren, and urbanity to all. He was an active and 
consistent member of the Baptist church, and a devout Chris- 
tian." Dr. F. D. Cunningham, of Richmond, in an address as 
president of the Virginia Medical Society, says, — "Among the 
names of those we mourn, none will be heard with more regret 
than that of Dr. Oliver B. Jenks, a gentleman who manifested the 
liveliest interest in our society from its organization. Although 
himself a victim to ill-health, with the spirit of a true philanthro- 
pist he made use of knowledge acquired at the e.xpense of great 
suffering in his own person for the benefit of others. Those of 
us who attended the meeting at Norfolk can hardly fail to remem- 
ber the extraordinary personal experience he then related, and the 
valuable conclusions he had deduced from it in regard to the use 
of chloroform in certain forms of heart disease. Our society never 
had a more ardent supporter, nor our members a better example." 

\TJwjiias, b. Nov. 13, 1822. 

Albiiii/s, b. July 15, 1824; m., May, 187c, Mrs. Elizabeth Ann Blake, 
who d. April 2, 1876; no children. 

Levina, b. April 2, 1826; d. April 10, 1826. 

A son. b. and d. April 26, 1827. ^George Edwin, b. Sept. 9, 1828. 

\Edivard Ajtgiistiis, b. Oct. 30, 1830. 

A son, b. and d. in March, 1832. 

Charles William, b. May 4, 1833; d. March 19, 1834. 

Eleazer Jackson Jenks, s. of Oliver and Levina (Jackson) 
Jenckes ; b. March 3, 1S17. In September, 1839, he entered 
Concord academy, then taught by Charles Peabody, and spent 
three years as student, and in teaching in Massachusetts. In 
November, 1S40, he walked from Concord to Newport to cast 
his first presidential vote for Gen. Harrison. In 1S42 he en- 
gaged in trade in Rochester, N. Y., remaining there some five 
years. Returning to Massachusetts, he was emplo3'ed five 
years as book-keeper in the Bank of Brighton. In 1S53 he be- 
came cashier of the Woburn bank, where he remained eighteen 


years, when he resigned to enter into trade. In July, 1875, he 
became cashier of the Hopkinton National Bank and treasurer 
of the Hopkinton .Savings Bank; has been engaged in the 
banking business twenty-seven years. He was a member ot 
the liaptist cluirch in Newport, and contributed the sum of 
$400 toward the expense of remodelling its house of worship. 
He m.,June 26, 1844, Sarah Peabody, of Groton, Mass., by 
whom he had three children. She d. Oct. 21, 1S52. M., 2d, 
June 26, i860, Elvira Antoinette Wolcott, of Rochester, N. Y., 
who d. Sept. 24, 1865. M., 3d, Sept. 3, 1868, Mrs. Eliza W. 
(Perkins) Thomas, of Lynn, Mass. 

Henry Francis, b. June 26, 1845 i d. June 24, 1846. 

William Edward, b. May 2, 1848 ; became clerk in the Woburn Bank 
in January, 1864; was messenger to the National Bank of North 
America, Boston, from April, 1870, to July, 1871; became cashier 
of the Hopkinton National Bank and treasurer of the Hopkinton 
Savings Bank in July, 1871 ; became discount clerk in the Shawmut 
National Bank, Boston. February, 1876. He m., Sept. 11, 1872, 
EIna Persson (b. in Sweden, Dec. 26, 1847), adopted dau. of 
Abijah W. Withington, of Boston. Ch., Mary Withington, b. July 
10, 1873 '• d. March 6, 1876. Elizabeth Nixon, b. May 27, 1875. 
Marion Frances, b. April 28, 1877. 

Abbie Frances, b. Aug. 7, 1850. 

Thomas Jenks, s. of Oliver; b. Nov. 13, 1822. After leav- 
ing the homestead, in 1841, he served several years with Gil- 
more & Walker, traders in Union Village, Vt., and afterwards 
engaged in trade at Thetford Hill and at Thetford Depot, Vt., 
and at North Woburn, Mass. Dec. 8, 185 1, he m. Henrietta, 
dau. of John Hall, of Union Village, Vt., where he now resides* 
His wife was b. Feb. i, 1828, and d. Sept. 8, 1856. 

Ida Laura, b. Jan. 16, 1853. Alice Henrieiia, b. May 23, 1855. 

George Edwin Jenks, s. of Oliver; b. Sept. 9, 1828; was 
bred to the farm, and received common-school privileges, and 
one year's attendance at Thetford academy. May 26, 1S45, he 
apprenticed himself to the printing business with Asa McFar- 
land, of Concord ; in June, 1850, he became a partner with his 
former employer. In July, 1S51, they purchased the N'ezu 
Hampshire Statesman, and published it until Oct., 1871. Mr. 
Jenks was elected state printer for the years 1866 and 1867 ; he 


was representative in 1873 and 1874, and was chairman of sev- 
eral committees. He was author of the new constitutional 
amendment which secured the reduction of the house of repre- 
sentatives about one fourth from its former membership ; he is 
now (1879) ^Liditor of state printer's accounts, trustee of the 
Concord public library, and secretary of Republican state com- 
mittee. [See Literature.] M., Jan. 23, 1855, Eliza Jane, dau. 
of Joseph Grover, of Concord, b. March 9, 1835. 

Frank Bowen, b. Dec. 27, 1855 ; was in the employ of Lawrence & Co., 
Boston, as clerk and paymaster at their mills in Belmont, N. H., 
and in Ipswich, Mass., for about five years; is clerk in railroad 
treasurer's office, Boston. 

Walter Lyon, b. April 12, 1862. Arthur Whipple, b. Aug. 9, 1863. 

Paul Rockwell, b. June 23, 1872. 

Edward Augustus Jenks, s. of Oliver, was b, Oct. 30, 
1S30 ; spent the first fifteen years of his life at the homestead ; 
June 2, 1S46, became an apprentice to Asa McFarland, printer, 
in Concord ; at the close of his apprenticeship, he attended 
several terms at Thetford academy, Thetford, Vt., closing his 
connection with that institution in 1851. In April, 1852, he 
formed a copartnership with Joseph C. Abbott (afterwards U. 
S. Senator from North Carolina), and purchased the Manches- 
ter American^ beginning his active business life in his 22d 
year, under the firm name of Abbott & Jenks. In 1856 he sold 
his interest in the A?nerican, and went to Lowell, Mass., where 
he resided two years. In 1858 he became a resident of New York 
city, where he was " proof-reader " in some of the largest pub- 
lishing houses there ; remained in that city until the spring of 
1S62, when he went to Cincinnati, Ohio, and became connected 
with the firm of Alexander Swift & Co., iron manufacturers, 
and contractors for the building of the monitors Catawba, One- 
ota, Klamath, and Yuma, for the government, where he re- 
mained until their completion and delivery to the Navy De- 
partment. At the conclusion of the war, he went to Vicks- 
burg. Miss., as the agent of John Swasey & Co., merchants of 
Cincinnati, for the purchase of cotton for shipment to Northern 
markets. The prosecution of his business took him to nearly 
all parts of the state, by I'ail, steamboat, and horseback, as well 
as to many of the neighboring states. In the preliminary work 


preparatory to the adoption of the new state constitution in 
1S69, and tlie readmission of Mississippi into the Union, lie 
bore an active part. Oct. i, 1S71, lie was called to the head of 
the Republican Press Association, of Concord, N. II. (publish- 
ers of the Daily Mo7tttor and the Indcpcndettt Statesinayi)^ as 
its Treasurer and Business Manager. Since holding this posi- 
tion he has three times been elected state printer ; and in 1877, 
a vacancy occurring in the office of State Reporter (reporter of 
the decisions of the Supreme Court), he was appointed to that 
office by Gov. Prescott. He has made many contributions 
to current literature, beginning, among magazines, with "The 
Knickerbocker," while under the editorial control of Charles G. 
Leland. Poems of his are to be found in some of the finest col- 
lections extant, — notably Bryant's new " Library of Poetry and 
Song," Dr. Kendrick's '' Our Poetical Favorites," and Harpel's 
"Poets and Poetry of Printerdom." [See Literature.] May 
4, 1S52, he m. Harriet S. Stickney, of Concord, dau. of George 
Stickney, Esq., a lawyer, of Waterville, Maine. She was b. 
Aug. 4, 1S2S. 

Charles Brigham, b. Oct. 23, 1853; d. Oct. 27, 1853. 

Henry Allen, b. Jan. 22, 1855 ; d. Jan. 26, 1855. 

George Oliver, b. April i, 1856; d. Oct. 10, 1858. 

Allan Murray, b. in Lowell, Mass., April 17, 1858. Was two years at 

the Mass. Institute of Technology, in Boston. [See Literature.] 
Robert Irving, b. in Cincinnati, O., Jan. 17, 1865. 
Mary Leslie, b. in Concord, N. H., Oct. 7, 1866. 

Bela Whipple Jenckes, s. of Jeremiah ; b. March 12, 178^ ; 
a farmer and house-joiner; was captain of artillery in tlie mili- 
tia. At a supper given to celebrate Washington's birthday, he 
acted as toast-master, and gave all the sentiments in humorous 
rhyme. Married Mary, dau. of Maj.Josiah Stevens, who d. 
April 15, 1820, by whom he had three children; m., 2d, Jan. 
15, 1826, Betsey, dau, of John Vinton, of Cornish, b. Jan. 22, 
1791 — the mother of four children. He d. March 28, i860. 

Mary Emelinc, h.B&c. 29, 1810; formerly a teacher; r. in Auburn, 

N. Y. 
Nancy Cordelia, b. May 3, 1812; a milliner; r. in Southbridge, .Mass. 
HannaJi Stevens, b. Nov. 26, 181 6; m., Aug. 9, 1840, Abijah W. Ten- 

ney, of Newport; d. Sept. 12, 1848. Ch., Abijah Wallace, b. Sept. 

9, 1841; d. Sept. 22, 1844. Mary Jenks, b. May 18, 1844. Arthur 


Burton, b. May 22, 1846. George Hubbard, b. July 26, 1848; d. 
Dec. 1 1, 1866. 

Bela Whipple^ b. xMarch 6, 1827 ; went to California soon after the dis- 
covery of gold in that territory, and has since resided there; has 
been clerk of courts in Klamath county for some years. [See Lit- 

Elizabeth Vinfon, b. Dec. 2, 1831 ; m., April 12, 1855, Samuel Newell, 
of Southbridge, Mass. Ch., Edward Whipple, b. Sept. 29, 1856; 
Mary Elizabeth, b. Aug. 13, 1859; Louise Lincoln, b. April 20, 
1865 ; Annie Maria, b. Sept. 23, 1873. 

Maria Mason, b. Dec. 12, 1832; m. Andrew Lawson, of Providence, 
R. I.; d. April 7, 1865. Ch., Ella Maria, b. July 6, 1854: d. April 
10, 1874. Ida Frances, b. June 21, 1857; d. July 25, 1859. Ida 
Jenks, b. Nov. 7, i860; d. Sept. 12, 1866. Edwin Frank, b. Feb. 
7, 1863. 

Charles Williain, b. March 25, 1834; was landlord of the Phenix hotel 
in Newport, and has been in business in Boston ; m., in 1855, Char- 
lotte E. Wright. Ch., Charles Ashley, b. Jan. 29, 1856; William 
Warren, b. Oct., 1861. 

Thomas Bowen Jenckes, s. of Jeremiah ; b. Oct. 8, 1786 ; 
disposed of a farm bequeathed him by his father, and became a 
cotton manufacturer in Cumberland, R. I., about iSi5or 1816 ; 
m. Abigail W. Allen, of Cumberland, b. Jan. 31, 1794 ; d. Nov. 
20, 1863. He d. Aug. 19, 1S19. 

Thomas Allen, h. Nov. 2, 1818; d. Nov. 4, 1875. He graduated at 
Brown University in 1838, and entered the profession of the law, in 
which he rose rapidly to eminence. Patent law was his legal spe- 
cialty, and he was employed, during his practice, in many of the 
most important cases litigated in this country. Mr. Jenckes was 
elected to congress in 1862, and served through the 38th, 39th, 
40th, and 41st congresses, rendering distinguished service at the 
head of the committee on patents, and on the judiciary committee. 
He won national fame in connection with " civil service reform," 
the general bankrupt law, and the patent and copyright laws. 

Gilbert E.Jennings, a farmer; b. Oct. 12, 1S34; came 
from Claremont in 1866; settled on the C. Corbin farm; m. 
Alvira O. Deming, of Cornish. 
Ered, h. June 2, 1862. Emily C, b. Feb. 22, 1867. 


Reuben Johnson, a farmer; s. of Obediah ; b. Mar. 6, 1805, 
at Newbury ; came here in 1830; m. Betsey Fletcher ; m., 2d, 

Harriet Adams, of Bradford ; m., 3d, Mrs. Nancy Gould. He 
d. May 13, 1873. 


Edmund, b. Nov. 24, 1831; m. Celia F. McGown ; ch., Ida, Hcmon. 
David, b. Aug. 27, 1834; m. Ann McGown. Ch., Mabel A. ; Ada A., b 

Oct. 17, 1864; Ella E., b. June 11, 1869. 
C/w;-/r;/'/f, m. Chauncy Marshall ; cli., Edgar. 
Adalinc, m. Wm. Stowell; ch., Arthur, Alta. 
Reuben^ m. Mary Whittemore; ch., Reuben, Saul. 
Mary A., m. Wcb.ster Rocd; ch., Freddie. 
Jolin,h.Oc\.. 16, 1847; m. Josephine Perry; ch., Elmer J., Amos J., 

A'l'/jw/, b. Oct. 16, 1853. Harriet A. M. Fred. 

John Johnson, a brother of Reuben ; b. Nov. 9, 1799 ; lived 
at Northvillc; d. Jan. 28, iSz|.6. 


Jacoh Jonks came from Hillsborough ; was a farmer and 
cooper ; lived on the C. Corbin farm ; m. Hannah Gould. 

\John, b. Jan. i, 1796. Polly, m. Samuel Bean. 

Lanora. m. Daniel Muzzey. Cynthia, m. Josiah Gould. 

Cena. Asa G., m. Caroline Calkins. 

Luther A. ^ m. Drucilla Calif. Elizabeth F., m. John Muzzey. 

John Jones, s. of Jacob ; b. Jan. i, 1796 ; a farmer ; m. Chloe, 
dau. of Jonathan Haven, b. Feb. 5, 1794; d. June 4, 1S78. 

Bela G.. a farmer ; b. Jan. 7, 1824 ; m., Apr. 22, 1858, Mary B. Ingram. 
Sarah A/., h. May 28, 1826; m., 1872, Lorenzo M. Freeto. 
Charles R., b. July i, 1835: m. Josephine M. Farnsworth, of Washing- 
ton ; m., 2cl, Lanora Smith, of Unity ; ch., Etta M., Frank B. 

David B.Jones, b. May 6, 1S23, at Lewiston, Me. ; learned 
his trade (that of a tanner) at Wilmot, N. H. ; came to this 
town, and was in the tanning business for several years with J. 
H. Huntoon, after which he purchased the Newport House, 
and became its landlord. He sold out, and went to Sutton. Is 
now a merchant at Concord. Married L.J. Abbott, of Sunapee. 

Nedd IV., b. May 4, 1858; is in a publishing house in Boston. 
L. Maud., b. May 11, 1866. 


James Karr, a mason; b. Nov. i, 1S05 ; s. of James Karr, 
of Hill, and, on the mother's side, of Carr Huse, of the same 
town ; came here in iSi6 ; m. Harriet Presby. 


Hannah M., b. Nov. 14, 1836; m. John Lewis. 

Mary J., b. Jan. 11, 1838. 

Joseph, b. Feb. 20, 1841 ; m., Sept. 11, 1876, Mrs. Dora S. Bingham. 

James IV., b. Nov. 27, 1845 ; m. Frank A. Carr; ch., Mary J., Ernest. 

Sarah E., b. April 25, 1848 ; m. Frank J. Latimer. 

George IV., b. Oct. 2, 1849; "i- Azabah Melendy. 

Hattie, b. Dec. 29, 1852; m. Henry H. Haines. Ch., Burton. 

John Karr, a brother of James; d. Jan. 25, 1876 [see Phy- 


RuEL Keith [see Blacksmiths], b. May 30, 1769; d. Apr., 
1S43 ; came from Uxbridge, Mass. He was among the early 
mechanics, and was for many years a prominent one. He pur- 
chased the Dexter Scythe Factory, which stood near the village 
grist-mill. M., Nov. 16, 1791, Polly Hurd, b. May 6, 1770; d. 


Ettnice,h. Dec. 9,1791; m. Capt. John Pike, of New London. Ch., 
James M., b. Dec. 2, 1817; m. Sarah Cilley ; m., 2d, Mrs. Abby 
Palmer. Delia W., b. Oct. 10, 1819; m. Joseph Bean, of Sutton. 
Hepsibah S., b. Aug. 6, 1821; m. Benj. Peaslee, of Sutton. John 
K., b. July 27, 1823; m. Lucy Wilson, of Cohasset, Mass. Eunice 
C, b. Oct. 14, 1825; m. Benj. R. Morse, of Newbury. Ziba H., b. 
Apr. 15, 1827; unmarried. Samuel K.,b. Sept. 21, 1829; m. Han- 
nah Leach, of Sutton. Harriet E., b. Mar. 7, 1831 ; m. Wilson S. 
George. Mary H., b. Sept. 4, 1833 ; m. Claude Goings, of New 
London. Nancy M., b. Mar. 17, 1835 ; m. Austin Goings, of New 

\Ruel H., a blacksmith ; b. Nov. 29, 1796. 

Samuel, b. July 21, 1798; d. at the West; m. Rhoda Gerould, of Stod- 
dard. Had a family. 

Polly /?., b. June 11, 1799; m. Stephen Herrick. 

Harriet E..,h.¥th. 12, 1802; m. Stephen Kimball; d. at Springfield, 

Martha W., b. July 24, 1805 ; m., May 7, 1823, Simon C. Fields; d. at 
Lowell, Mass. 

Caleb Ellis, b. July 24, 1805 ; d. young. 

Bazaleel T., b. Feb. 27, 1809; d. young. 

Simpson S., b. Oct. 28, 1811; d. Feb. 18, 1849; ™-' Nov. 30. 1837, Lu- 
cretia P. Ray, of Mont Vernon, b. Aug. 19, 181 1 ; she r. at Wilton. 
Ch., John H., b. Sept. 19, 1843; was in 6th Regt. Mass. Vols., 
Co. C, and d. May 16, 1863, at Suffolk, Va., of wounds received 
in battle. 

RuEL H. Keith, s, of Ruel Keith; b. Nov. 29, 1796; was 
bred a blacksmith in his father's establishment (first at the Dex- 
ter Scythe Factory, near the village grist-mill, afterwards on 


Sunapee st.), and followed the business here through life. He 
was social, and given to anecdotes. He was fond of the militia, 
and was at one time a member of the general's stafl'. He died 
April 6, 1S59. M., Oct. 13, 1824, Spcda, dau. of Josiah Ste- 
vens, b. Aug. II, 1797, d. Feb. 30, 1S26; m., 2d, June 17, 1829, 
Rebecca Carlisle, of Walpole, b. Sept. 16, 1799, d. Sept. 26, 
1S53 ; m., 3d, Jan. 9, 1855, Orpha Fletcher, b. Alar. 23, 1799. 
Ch. by second wife: 

Helen S., b. June 11, 1832; m., April 5, 1854, Edward P. Woods. 
George H., b. Nov. 9, 1S36; d. April 21, 1845. 


The Kclley race in town descended from John Kellev, who 
came from Newbury, England, in 1640, and settled at Newbury, 
now Newburyport, Mass. 

Israel Kelley, s. of John Kelley, of Amesbury, Mass., and 
grandson of Richard Kelley, of Newbury ; b. May 4, 1775; 
came to this town in 1803. He built the saw-mill at Kelley- 
ville. M., Feb. 3, 1803, Lydia Farrington ; she d. in 1S71. 

Eliza, b. Nov. 8, 1803; d. Sept. 13, 1804. 

Anna, b. Aug. 5, 1805; m. Quartus Fletcher, of Cornish. 

\ William, b. Aug. 13, 1807. 

l/rs7ila, b. Nov. 9, 1808; d. Mar. 11, 1837; a graduate at New Hamp- 
ton, and a successful teacher in this state and in New York. 

Frankliji, b. Sept. 4, 1810; m. Temperance Dwinell ; lives at North- 
field, Minn ; has a family. 

Sally, h. Dec. 11, 1812; d. Dec. 2, 1816. 

Lydia, b. May 13, 1815; m. John G. Putnam, of Croydon. 

John, b. Jan. 9, 18 18 ; d. July 7, 1832. 

Sally E., b. Feb. 19, 1820; d. in 1821. 

Duren, b. Nov. 9, 1822; d. July 11, 1832. 

William Kelley, s. of Israel ; r. at Kelley vi lie. He was a 
selectman in 1865 and 1866. M., Apr. 18, 1833, Electa M. 
Fletcher, b. Mar. 23, 1809. 

Geo7-ge \V., b. Jan. 15, 1835 ! ^ butcher; was in the i6th N. H. Regt. 

during the Rebellion; m. Lydia Low, of Lebanon; m., 2d, Kate 

Benton: r. at Lebanon. 
Maroa M., b. June 7, 1838; d. Apr. 2, 1840. 
yohn C, a druggist; b. Oct. 25, 1841 ; was a regimental clerk in the 

Rebellion; was in ist N. H. Heavy Artillery ; m. Bessie Church, 


of Lebanon. He graduated at Poughkeepsie Commercial College ; 
r. at Northfield, Minn. 
James P., b. Oct. 21, 1849; graduated at Brown University in 1877; 
is a professor at Colby Academy. 

Edmund Kelley, b. Feb. 7, 1782; d. Apr. 13, 1S54; came 
from Amesbury, Mass., Nov. 14, 1809 ; lived in the south-w^est 
part of the town. M., Apr. 24, 1807, Abigail Bagley, of Hart- 
land, Vt., b. Sept. 20, 1782, d. Oct. 1 8, 1 866. 

Arial, b. Nov. 20, 1809; m. Eliza White, of Hopkinton; had ten chil- 

Lydia, b. Aug. 5, 181 1 ; m. Joshua Howe, of Pittsfield, Vt. 

Sarah, b. Oct. 12, 1814; m. Moses N. Clark; m., 2d, John Clark; m., 
3d, Warren Harrington, of Clare-mont. 

Jtidith, b. Apr. 15, 1816; m. Timothy Perry, Jr. 

\Alvin, b. Nov. 28, 1821. 

Ltirana, b. Apr. 15, 1824; d., 1854; m. Warren Colby. 

Alvin Kelley, s. of Edmund ; b. Nov. 28, 1821 ; is a 
farmer, and lives in the south-west corner of the town. M., 
Mar. 15, 1847, Clarissa Marshall, of Unity, b. Apr. 20, 1824. 

Clara, b. Mar. 29, 1855. Mary J., b. Mar. 18, 1857. 

John Kelley, of the seventh generation in this countr^^ ; b. 
Oct. 5, 1785; d. Aug. 9, 1871. He lived at Kelleyville, and 
owned the land east of the river. He was a prosperous farmer ; 
had a well-balanced mind ; as a deacon, was rigid in his re- 
ligious views. M., Jan. i, 1811, Elizabeth Dodge, of New 
Boston, b. 1791, d. Jan. 22, 1842, aged 51 ; m., 2d, Amanda M. 

\Elbridge G., b. Sept. 29, 18 12. 

Elbridge G. Kelley, s. of John ; was educated at Newport 
academy, his winters being devoted to teaching. He studied 
medicine, and gi^aduated at the Jefferson Medical College, Phil- 
adelphia, in 1S35, but made dentistry his specialty, which he 
practised with success at Newburyport, Mass., and at Boston. 
He spent most of his life at Newbur3'port, where he occupied a 
prominent position ; was a member of the legislature, and two 
years mayor of the city. He was instrumental in building the 
City Railroad at Newburyport, and the Newburyport & Ames- 


bury Horse Railroad. He devoted much attention to horticul- 
ture, in connection with his business ; and invested largely in the 
silver-mining enterprise in the mines recently discovered in the 
vicinity of Newl)uryport, from whicli he realized a fortune. In 
1874 he sold out his property in Newburyport and Boston, and 
went to London, England, where he now resides. He has ever 
cherished the liveliest interest in Kelle3ville, to which place he 
gave the name, and often expresses a desire to return and spend 
the golden sunset of life amid the scenes and companions of his 
boyhood. M., Oct. 23, 1S40, Hannah P. Rand, dau. of Hon. E. 
S. Rand, of Newburyport, Mass. 

Emily Rand, b. Aug, 11, 1841. Edward Augustus, b. Mar. 18, 1845. 
Mary Hannah, b. Mar. 8, 1853. George Wallace, b. Nov. 7, 1855. 


Jeremiah Kelsey, one of the early settlers ; b. Feb. ro, 
1753; came from Killingworth, Ct. ; m., Feb. 5, 17S9, Mary 
Buell, b. Aug. 8, 1756. 

yeretniah, b. Sept. 19, 1784; m. Wealthy Stevens. Ch., Sarah, d. 
Oct. 5, 1850, aged 22. Wealthy, d. July 7, 1853, aged 23. Jere- 

Mary, b. July 13, 1784; m. Dr. Robert Lane, of Sutton. 

Daniel [see Physicians], m. Sarah Marstin, of Sutton. 

Joel Kelsey, a brother of Jeremiah ; b. Aug. 6, 1761, at 
Killingworth, Conn. ; d. Mar. 6, 1S60; lived on the A. Whip- 
ple farm on East mountain. He enlisted in the Revolutionary 
army in 1777 ; was a prisoner in the " old sugar-house" in New 
York in 17S0, and with others suffered from hunger and cold. 
He was vigorous, and his form was erect until nearly the close 
of his life. M.,Jan. 12, 1786, Jemima Buell, b. at Somers, 
Conn., June i, 1765. 

Jemima, b. June 4, 1786; d. at 28. 

Clarissa, b. Oct. 13, 1787; m a brother of Ephraim Clark. 

Elias, b. Apr. 13, 1789; d. Jan., r8i2. 

Betsey, b. .May 29, 1791 ; m. David Wilcox, 

Reuben, b. Feb. 25, 1793; d. Aug., 1876; m. Anna French. 

Nabby^ b. Apr. 25, 1795 ; m. Joshua Wilcox. 

Roxa, b. Feb. 24, 1797; d. at 28. 

Rebecca, b. July 16, 1799; m. Elon Chipman, of Malone, N. Y. 

Deborah B., b. Mar. 6, 1803; m. Abncr Wliipple. 

Alpheus D., b. Aug. 16, 1806; m. Sally Johnson, Westville, N. Y. 

Arzela, b. Apr. i, 1808; m. Nelson Jones; r. at Corinth, Penn. 


Augustus Kelsey, b. Aug. 2, 1764 ; a brother of Jeremiah ; 
came from Killingworth, Conn. ; m., at Sunapee,June 28, 1798, 
Frances Burbank. 

Hannah B., b. Apr. 26, 1799; d. at 14. 

Frances, b. July 4, 1802; d. at 25. 

Hannah B.,h. Aug. 14, 18 14; m. John Trask, Jr. 

Jesse Kelsey, b. Feb. 25, 1746 ; was one of the earliest set- 
tlers ; came from Killingworth, Conn., prior to 1770; m., May 
12, 1769, Hester Hurd, b. Nov. 9, 1746, who d. Oct. 10, 1823, 
aged 77 years. 

Mehitablc, b. July 27, 1770; d. young. 

Martha, b. Apr. 27, 1772. Jonah, b. Sept. 24, 1773. 

Jesse, b. June 23, 1775. Julia, b. Sep., 28, 1777. 

Jane,h. Feb. 25, 1780. Sarah, b. Jan. 15, 1783. 

Nathan, b. Feb. 3, 1787. Eli, b. Mar. 9, 1789. 

Giles Kelcey came from Killingworth, Conn. ; m., April 
24, 17S0, Elizabeth Buell, b. Nov. 26, 1755. 

Nathan, b. Jan. 24. 1781. Stephen, b. Aug. 16, 1782. 

Siah, b. Sept. 15, 1784. 

John Kelsey, s. of Instant; b. Nov. 3, 1794; iri-? Feb. 26, 
1818, Mary Smith, of Williston, Vt. He d. Feb. 6, 1859. She 
d. Apr. 30, 1 83 1, aged 36 years. 

Abigail, b. July 19, 1820. 

Thankful, b. Dec. 26, 1822 ; m. Henry Colby, of Claremont. 

Deborah S., b. Jan, 23, 1827. Mary J., b. Oct. 15, 1830. 

Absalom Kelsey was among the very earliest settlers in 
town. He came from Killingworth, Conn., and lived on the 
D. F. Pike farm, at the foot of Claremont hill ; m. Mary 
Hill, of Killingworth, Conn. 

Benjamin, m. Hepsibah Wilcox. Wealthy, m. Jesse Wilcox, Jr. 
Polly, m. Moses L. Pike. \Henry. 

Nancy, went to Orville, Vt., where she married. 

Henry Kelsey, s. of Absalom ; d. July 16, 1835, aged 46 
years. He was an enterprising farmer ; lived on the G. H. 
Fairbanks farm ; was a selectman in 1835 ; m. Lois Hardy, 
who d. Apr. i, 1839, ^g^*^ 35 years. 
Henry, b. Oct. 22, 1835; d. Nov. 12, 1844. 


Isaac Kelsey, m. Peggy Glidden, previous to 1784. 

Reuben, b. June 17, 1784. Abel, b. Apr. 13, 1786. 

Sydney, b. Mar. 2, 1788. Deborah^ b. July 22, 1790. 

RoswELL Kelsey came from Killingvvorth, Conn., and was 
among the early settlers. He occupied the F. Aiken farm. M., 
July 18, 1771, Hepsibah Bellows, of this town. 

Javtes, the oldest son, settled in Penn. 

Jeretniah, m. Polly Goodwin. Ch., Willard, a physician; d. in Me. 

Mary, went to Ohio; was a teacher. Ira, went to Ohio. Harriet, 

d. unmarried. 
Oliver, m. I'olly Flanders, and went to Harrisburgh, N. Y. 
Joseph, m. Mary Peck, and went to Harrisburgh, N. Y. 
Joel, m. Ruth Goodwin, and went to Morristown, N. Y. 
Elias, was clerk in the Cheney store; is merchant at Portland, Me. 
yo/in,d. 1850; m. Salona Brown; moved to Jay, Me.; hotel-keeper. 
Hepsibah, m. Henry Peck; moved to Harrisburgh, N. Y. 
Ruth, d. unmarried. Cynthia, d. unmarried. 

Lois, m. Calvin Peck. \Roswell. 

RoswELL Kelsey, Jr., s. of Roswell ; d. July 25, 1830, aged 
52 years. He lived and died on the T. Herrick place. Mar- 
ried Susan Flanders. 

Caleb, b. July 28, 1802; a joiner; r. in Nashua; m. Catharine, dau. of Ja- 
bez Beckwith, b. Jan. 28, 1809. Ch., Ellen K., m. Wm. Bascom, 
who was killed at Gettysburg. Emma, m. Geo. E. Davis; r. in 

Eliza, b. 1804; m., June 6, 1824, John Batchelder. 

James, h. hwg. 21, 1806; d. July 14, 1878; m. Elvira J. Hurd. Ch., 
Roswell J., b. June 4, 1837 ; m., Dec. 12, 1864, Hattie J. Lewis ; ch., 
Myrta L., Marcia, Ralph H. Eliza A., b. May 6, 1841, and m. 
Thomas Shurtlift". 

Hannah, h. 1808; m. James Osgood. Ch., Jane, m. Morris J. Em- 

Oliver, b. 1810; m. a Miss Turner; r. at Waterbury, Me. ; is a railroad 
man ; has four sons, all of them engaged in the railroad business. 

\Charles H., b. 1812. 

Miron, b. 1814; m. Sarah Conant, of Nashua. 

Albert, b. 18 16 ; r. in Mass. 

Charles H. Kelsey, s. of Roswell, Jr., b. 1S12 ; m. Lucy 
Ann Emerson. 

Ljicy Ann, b. Oct. 20, 1836; d. young. 

Charles H., a blacksmith ; b. Jan. 25, 1840; was in business with D. B. 

Chapin; m., Feb. 6, 1867, Carrie E., dau. of Matthew Buell, Jr. 
Edward C, b. May 19, 1843 ! d. Dec. 12, 1862, in the army. 
George Willis, b. Apr. 20, 1846; m. Harriet Kempton. 


Asa Kelsey, a brother of Jeremiah and John ; lived in the 
north-east part of the town ; d. Aug. 31, 1834, aged 46 years. 

Polly, m. and went to N. J., where she and her husband were teach- 
Ruth, m., and removed to Concord. 
Mariah and yeremiah went to the West. 

Samuel Kelsey. a brother of Asa ; d. a bachelor. 


Obed Kempton, b. Jan. 11, 1795; d. April 13, 1873; came 
here from Croydon, in 1833, and lived on the O. M. Harding 
farm. Married Nancy Noyes ; m., 2d, Achsah Fletcher, oi 
Lowell, Mass., who d. Dec. 9, 1863. 

Leonard AT., a machinist; b. Sept. 8, 1822; m., Dec. 20, 1842, Arvilla 
B. Emerson; m., 2d, Mary A. Huggins. Ch., George B., b. May 
25, 1844; Albro v., b. Aug. 30, 1846; Susan E., b. Aug. 10, 1850, 
and m. Benjamin Davis, of Claremont; Nehie V. ; Emma A. 

Jerry, a carpenter; b. Feb. i, 1824; m. Eunice Lincoln. Ch., Flor- 
ence L., Ruth. 

Amos Kempton, a farmer; b. Aug. 13, 1797; d. Nov. 10, 
1843 ; came here in 1825, and lived on East mountain. Mar- 
ried Lois Stevens. 

Daniel M., b. Feb. 23, 1827; d. Sept. 9, 1844. 

Ira P., b. Mar. 23, 1829; m. Ann J. Noyes; m., 2d, Pamelia Sargent, 
of Concord. Ch., Lois B. 

Henry M., a carpenter; b. July 18, 1831 ; m. Charlotte M. Swain, of 
Nantucket, Mass. Ch., Willie S., Ida M., Florence T., Geo. H., 

Obed, a farmer; b. Aug. 12, 1833; m. Harriet M. Leavitt, of Chiches- 

Lois B., b. Aug. 11, 1835 ; m. William H. Flanders, of Concord. Ch., 
Frank E. 

Judson, b. Feb. 28, 1838; d. Sept. 6, 1877, at Haverhill, Mass.; m. 
Caroline E. Hobbs, of Methuen, Mass. Ch., Lizzie M., Minnie 
C, Eugene J., Elmer A., Almon E., Blanche E. 

Dexter, a farmer; b. March i, 1841 ; m. Pamelia West, of Chichester. 
Ch., William D. 

Amos, a trader at Haverhill, Mass. ; b. April 6, 1844; m. Ellen Nut- 
ter, of Farmington. Ch., Eva M. 

Elisha Kempton, b. Nov. 4, 1800; d. Nov. 24, 1874, ^^ 
Marlow ; came here from Croydon in 1824, and purchased of 


Nathan Iliircl tlie clotliiiifj mill standing on the now unocupied 
site above the Sugar River Mills. Married Harriet Vickery ; 
m., 2d, Lorinda Barden. 

Eunice S., b. Mar. 20, 1827; m. Ruel G. Bascom. Ch., Emma J., Ada 

S., Louiselle R., Fred, Charles K. 
^Elis/ia il/., b. May 22, 1831. Amanda H., b. May 30, 1837. 

Jonathan P., b. Sept. 20, 1840; d. 1846. 

Ei.isiiA M. Kemptox, s. of Elisha ; b. May 23, 1S31 ; enlisted 
in the 3d Regt. N H. Vols, during the Rebellion ; was wound- 
ed in the battle of Morris Island, and was discharged Nov. 10, 
1863. He was for a while in tlic boot and shoe trade with Si- 
las Kempton ; was register of deeds for the county of Sullivan 
from 1S73 to 1S76 ; built, in 1873, the first occupied house on 
Winter street. Married Lacina E. Alden, of Alstead. 

Mary L., b. Mar. 10, 1871. Alvin Alden, b. Sept. 8, 1872. 

Silas Kempton, s. of Jeremiah ; b. Dec. 29, 1802 ; came 
from Croydon in 1S55, and settled in the north part of the town, 
on the farm now occupied by Hillard Rowell. He has much 
of his life been engaged in the tanning and shoe business. M., 
in succession, three sisters, — Mary A., Susan, and Nancy Shedd, 
of Stoddard ; m., 4th, Mrs. Nancy Johnson. 

Emily, b. 1826; d. 1832. 

Josephine />., b. 1828; m. Albro V. Emerson; r. at Lebanon. 
Jerttsha P., b. 1830; d. 1852. \\Villiajn S., b. Aug. 21, 1834. 

Charles, b. 1S38 ; r. in Lempster ; m. Addle Howe. Ch., Nettie, Willie. 
Emma Jane, b. 1843; m. Edwin Colling, of Lebanon. Ch., Charles. 

William S. Kemptox, s. of Silas ; a farmer living on the 
A. Hall place. Married Irena L. Wright; m., 3d, Sept. 24, 
1865, Esther M. Latimer. 

Lillia, b. Nov. 5, 1859. Leona C, h. Aug. 12, 1861. 

IV. Bertia, b. July 28, 1866. Harry L., b. Dec. 6, 1875. 

Nathan C. Kempton, s. of Col. Calvin ; b. Nov. 17, 1S23 ; 
came from Croydon in 1874. Married Vasta A. Pinkham. 

Clara E.. b. Oct. 21, 1854. Luilla E., b. March 14, 1857. 

Rollins //., b. July 29, 1859. Alice J., b. Oct. 8, 1861 ; d. y. 

Almira A., b. May 22, 1864. George IV., b. July 19, 1865; d. y. 

/da M., b. Feb. 12, 1867. Ella M., b. May 11, 1868. 



James M. Kenerson, a painter ; b. March 4, 1S28 ; came to 
this town from New London in 185 1 ; m. Rhoda H. E. Everett, 
dau. of Richard ; m., 2d, Laurietta Young. 

Carrie F., b. July 20, 1854; m. Rial A. Huntoon. 
Katie E., b. Feb. 14, 1874; d. July 10, 1875. 


A. O. Kidder, a jeweller ; came from Canaan to this town 
in 1865 ; m. M. E. Worthen, of Bradford, Vt. 

Fred A. 

Amos Kidder, b. Jan. 16, 1807, at Antrim ; came to this 
town from Croydon in 1870 ; m., July 5, 1829, Lucinda J. Bar- 
ton, b. June 6, 1813. 

AlviraA., b. Dec. 27, 1830; m.,Jan. i, 1853, Sylvester Royce; m., 2d, 
April I, 1864, Chester Dodge; r. in Vineland, N. J. 

Salome, b. April 30, 1833; d. Feb., 1864. 

William Wallace, b. Aug. 11, 1845; was in the battles of Antietam and 
South Mountain; m. July 3, 1869, Sarah Blanchard, of Croydon ; r. 
at Brockton, Mass. 


Philip W. Kibbey came from Monson, Mass., where he 
wash. May 19, 1761. He was son of Jacob Kibbey; settled 
on the F. Dudley farm ; was a noted singer ; d. Nov. 5, 1853 ; 
m. Sarah, dau. of Dr. Abner Meigs, April 27, 1786. She was 
b. April 5, 1769; d. Sept. 3, 1854. 

John M., b. May 21, 1787; d. Aug. 21, 1851 ; m. Lavina Benson; had 

nine children. 
Nathaniel C. and Sarah C. d. young. 

Philip M., b. Jan. 26, 1793; m. Betsey Warren; had eight children. 
Nathaniel C, b. Nov. 22, 1794; d. May 29, 1836; m. Mehitable Heath ; 

had five children. 
Orren C, b. Dec. 25, 1796; m. Melinda Prescott; had four children. 
Arial A.,h. Aug. 16, 1800; d. July 18, i860; m. Sally Smith; four 

^Austin Z., b. Jan. 4, 1805. 

Abial L., b. April 29, 1807; m. Elizabeth Imas ; had three children. 
Lucy C, b. Nov. 23, 1808; d. May 17, 1854; m. Fisher Dudley; had 

six children. 


Austin L. Kibbey, s. of Philip VV. ; b. Jan. 4, 1805 > is a 
farmer, and a deacon in tlie Baptist chnich ; m. Ainilla, dau. of 
Dea. Tiniotiiy Fletcher; m., 2d, Mrs. Albira Wheeler. He 
and his sons r. at the homestead, in the northern part of the 
town, and are among our most exemplary farmers. 

^William B., b. Feb. 17, 1832. \Orren C, b. March 2, 1834. 

Lois, b. July 3, 1837; m. Dr. Leonard E. Richardson; ch., Lora L., 

Sarah A., b. July 23, 1842; m. Enoch Nichols, of Winchendon, Mass.; 

a jeweller. 

William B. Kibbey, s. of Austin L. Kibbey; b. Feb. 17, 

1832; a farmer; was a selectman in 1S73 ; "^* Martha M., 

dau. of Cyril Wheeler. 

Nellie A., b. March 16, 1857; m., Sept. 12, 1877, James H. Pratt, of 

Lelia S., b. Nov. 10, 1859. Charles E., b. Nov. 6, 1861. 

Frankie S., b. July 11, 1864. Hattie A., b. March 17, 1870. 


OuuEN C. Kibbey, s. of Austin L. Kibbey ; b. March 2, 1834 ; 

has been a superintending school committee ; was a selectman 

in 1869 and 1S70; m. Lucy M., dau. of Horatio ISIetcalf, b. 

Sept. 29, 1835. 

Mason A., b. Aug. 8, 1859. Anna yJ/., b. June 2, 1861. 

Herman H., b. March 3, 1864. Alma A., b. Aug. 12, 1S72. 


Joseph Kimball, s. of Capt. Peter, and a descendant, in the 
sixth generation, of Richard, who came from Ipswich, England, 
in 1634, and settled at Watertown, Mass. ; b. Nov. 24, 1767, at 
Boscawen ; came to this town from Haverhill, Mass., and set- 
tled on the L. Richardson farm at Northville in 1815. He had 
a fondness for books, and while at Boscawen was a leading 
singer; d. Sept. 13, 1S47. Married Eunice Atkinson ; m., 2d> 
Mrs. Mary Fisher, dau. of Jesse Wilcox, whq had two children 
by a former husband, — Rev. Nathaniel W. Fisher, and Cath- 
erine, b. Jan. 16, 1801, who m. Dea. Henry Chapin. Mrs. K. 
d. April 2, 1S58, aged 83 years. 

Peter, b. March 5. 1793; graduated at Utica, N. Y. ; became a clergy- 
man. After preaching a while at Rochester, N. Y., was settled in 
Ohio ; m. Mary Wilcox. 


Betsey, b. Sept. i, 1796; m. Charles Comstock. 

Milton, b. Feb. 20, 1799; graduated at Amherst college; studied theol- 
ogy at Auburn, N. Y. ; went to Illinois as a missionary ; was set- 
tled in Augusta, in that state, where he remained until failing health 
compelled him to leave the ministry; d. in 1865. 

Phila, b. June 16, 1800; m. a Mr. Blanchard ; d. at Rochester, N. Y., 
June, 1865. 

\Jesse W., b. Jan. 16, 1802; m. Emily Cotton. 

EjiHtce, b. Dec. 26, 1807; m. a Mr. Griffin, of Goldsborough, 111. 

Solon, b. Oct. 6, 1809 ; a merchant atMilford ; m. Fanny, dau. of Joseph 
S. Hoyt. 

SopJiro/iia, b. Dec. 12, 1811 ; d. Aug. 11, 1841, aged 29 years. 

Lycu7-gus,h. April 14, 1814; was a teacher for several years at Jackson- 
ville, 111.; studied theology, and was settled at Milford. After two 
years of labor he returned to Rushville, 111., where, after ten years 
of active service, he d. ; was a fine speaker. 

Joseph Pitt, b. 1819; d. at 17 years of age. 

Mary IV., h. 1825; d. Aug. 29, 1852. 

Jesse Wilcox Kimball, s. of Joseph Kimball ; b. in Bos- 
cawen, N. H., in 1802, but soon removed with his father to 
Newport. While four of his brothers entered the ministry, his 
inclinations led him to farming and to mercantile pursuits. In 
1840 he removed with his family to Wisconsin ; in 1857 he be- 
came embarrassed in business (produce and lumber), and in 
i860 removed to Kansas. Driven out by the civil war in 1862, 
he removed again to Galesburg, 111., where he d., in Aug., 1877? 
universally loved and regretted. Married Emily, dau. of Hon. 
Nathaniel Cotton, of Claremont. 

\Charles Cotton, b. May 20, 1834. 

Frances Ann, b. in Newport in 1839; was taken to Wisconsin in her 
infancy ; educated at the famous school of the Misses Green, No. 
I, Fifth avenue. New York; m. George H. Knight, and is settled 
in Cleveland, Ohio, where her husband is engaged in business. 

Frederick, h. in Wisconsin in 1841 ; educated at Allen's Grove academy ; 
entered the army in the beginning of the civil war; was wounded 
by a bullet in the kneepan, which has never been removed. He is 
now engaged in railroad occupations in the West. 

Charles Cotton Kimball, s. of Jesse W. Kimball ; b. in 
Newport, May 20, 1834 ; was taken by his parents to Wiscon- 
sin in 1840. In 1859 he graduated, with the highest honors, 
from Beloit college. Wis., and in 1862 from Union Theological 
Seminary in New York city. Still pursuing his favorite lines 
of study, he declined any settlement in the ministry, and re- 
mained in New York. During this period he preached in many 


of the pulpits of New York and liiooklyn. In 1S64, declining 
a unanimous call from the Presbyterian church of New Hart- 
ford, N. Y. (near Utica), he took charge of that church for one 
year. His ministry was largely blessed, but, still pursuing his 
studies, he parted reluctantly from this church, which had in- 
creased fifty per cent, in membership, and took charge of the 
First Presbyterian church of Leroy, N. Y., for six months. 
This church retained his services for three years, during which 
time a heavy debt was paid, a new church was built and paid 
for, and its membership also increased one half. In 1867 he 
travelled extensively in Europe, acting as commissioner to the 
Evangelical Alliance, which met that year at Amsterdam in Hol- 
land. In i868 he was called to the pastorate of the First Pres- 
byterian church, of Erie, Penn., over which he remained three 
years, when he accepted a call to the Central Presbyterian 
church, a new organization in the same city. This church, 
which began with fifty-four members, doubled in its first year, 
and continued to add one hundred per cent, to its membership 
annually, with regular increase, until the present time, occupy- 
ing a noble stone edifice not yet completed, becoming the 
largest church in the city, and widely known for its zeal and 
efficiency. He is among the most interesting and eloquent 
divines of the country. M., June, 1S66, Ruth, dau. of Hon. P. 
S. Root, of Utica, N. Y. They have had four children, one of 
whom d. in 1876. 

Henry M. Kimball, a dealer in provisions; s. of William 
R.Kimball, of Cornish ; b.Jan. 23, 1839, and came to this town 
in 1S66. He was for a while in trade in Boston. M., Nov. 10, 
1864, Ellen E., dau. of Dea. David B. Chapin. 

Otis F., b. Aug. 10, 1865; d. Sept. 6, 1866. 

Joseph C, b. Oct. 24, 1868. Marion, b. March 5, 1871. 

Stephen S. Kimball, a machinist; b. Aug. 19, 1S43, at 
Loudon ; came to this town from Lebanon, and commenced 
business in Aug., 1875. Married Mary E, Odell, of Lake Vil- 
lage, April 28, 1865 ; she was b. May 4, 1847. 

Gerlrude M., b. Sept. 11, 1867. Alice A., b. Aug. 31, 1871. 



Luther King, b. March 22, 1755, at Wilbraham, Mass.; 
came here in 1777, all the way on foot, with a pack of forty 
pounds on his back. He had a dollar and a quarter with 
which to defray the expenses of his journey, and on his arrival 
found a balance of one dollar remaining in his pocket. His de- 
scendants had much musical talent. He made the first bass 
viol ever manufactured in town. Married Abigail Answorth. 

Luther, b. Oct. 17, 1785; m. Lydia Green; d. in Mich. 
\Adolphus, b. Dec. 5, 1788. \Alonzo, b. April i, 1790. 

Sophronia, b. June 24, 1796; m. Nehemiah Harvey, of Montpelier. Vt. 
Ch., Eliza, a noted singer. 

Adolphus King, s. of Luther ; b. Dec. 5, 1788 ; m.,Feb. 17, 
1810, Abigail, dau. of Wm. Stanard, b. July 4, 1791. 

Loren L.,\>.]\xwt. 11, 1811; d. Jan. 22, 1875; m. Esther Perrin, of 

Pomfret, Vt. 
Cordelia L., b. Feb. 22, 1813; m. Daniel Wilmarth, Jr. 
Persis E.,h. March 14, 1815; m. Sylvester Wheeler, of Claremont. 

Ch., Martha E., Nellie. 
Harriet N., b. June 30, 1817; m. Charles H. Eastman, of Claremont. 
Abbie A., b. March 8, 1826; m. Charles H. Eastman, of Claremont, 2d 

wife. Ch., Charles E., b. March i, 1848; a banker. 
\Walter W., b. April 18, 1821. 
Sophronia H., b. Jan. 17, 1831 ; m. John Snow; has one son. 

Walter W. King, s. of Adolphus; b. April 18, 1821 ; is a 
mechanic ; has for several years had charge of the lumber-mill 
at East Newport ; m. Nancy M. Kibbey. 

Wallace A., b. Aug. 16, 1851. Edward W., b. Nov. 11, 1855. 
Frank R., b. March 22, 1861. Hattie^ b. Jan. i, 1866. 

Alonzo King, s. of Luther; b. April i, 1790; graduated at 
Colby University, Waterville, Me., after which he had a course 
of theological training, and was ordained over a large Baptist 
church at Yarmouth, Me. He subsequently removed to West- 
borough, Mass., where he d. Nov. 29, 1835, ^g^^ 39 years. He 
was a marked favorite, a man of talent, and an intimate per- 
sonal friend of Baron Stow, d. d., of Boston [see Literature]. 
M., July 9, 1827, Tryphena, dau. of Col. Wm. Cheney. 


William Alonzo, b. March 14, 1829; d. Dec. 8, 1862, in the army, in 

George I'rentice^h. May 31, 1830; d. Dec. 17, i860. 
Ellen Trypliena^ b. Aug. 12, 1832; d. April 6, 1840. 
Abby Philena, b. Feb. 10, 1836; d. June 23, 1863; graduated at Mt. 

Holyoke .Seminary ; m. C. C. Dewey, an eminent member of the 

Vermont bar, residing at Rutland. 


John Ladd, b. March 31, 1793 : came from Unity ; d. May, 
1S73 ; m., Jan. i, 1820, Sally F. Weed, of Unity, b. Aug. 3, 
1791, who d. Aug. I, 1S69. 

Liicretia D., b. March 11. 182 1; m., June 22, 1858, Rev. Charles E. 

Rogers, of the N. H. Conference, son of Chas. Rogers, of Sunapee, 

b. March 21, 1828. 
Joseph IV., a tanner and livery man; b. March 10, 1824; d. Feb. 11, 

1875; "1-. May 6, 1851, Marietta Hewlett, of West Windsor, Vt., 

who d. Jan. 3, 1876; ch., Clara, b. July 2. i860. 
Nathaniel M., b. March 11, 1826; a woollen manufacturer ; d. in 1857; 

m. Emily Brooks; m., 2d, TryphenaW. Pratt. 
Wilder A. I'\, a woollen manufacturer and hotel-keeper; b. May 7, 

1828; m., Dec. 18, 1854, Ellen, dau. of Lorenzo Kent, of Hamp- 



Charles Lamb, b. June 7, 1S36, at Granville, Vt., from 
whence he came to this town about 1S60, and settled on the 
Sprague farm, the home place of his wife. He kept thorough- 
bred stock, and brought choice breeds of swine from Vermont. 
M., April 19, 1S60, Mary A. V., dau. of Albert Sprague. He 
d. April 27, 1S76. 

Lizzie A., b. April 11, 1861. Frank C, b. Oct. 10, 1867. 

Alice £>., h. June 6, 1870. Hattie M., b. Dec. 24, 1873. 


Robert Lane was b. at Killingworth, Conn., November, 
1713. He lived on the R. P. Claggett farm, on the Unity 
road, and was among the early settlers. He was a selectman, 
and was a moderator four years. He m. Mary Thatcher, of 
Lebanon, Conn., July 4, 1744. 

Jared, b. June i, 1745. \ Jesse, b. Dec. i, 1846. 

Hannah, b. Dec. 2, 1752. John, b. Jan. 15, 1755. 


Thomas, b. March i, 1757; m. Aug. 19, 1789, Rachel White. 

Jonathan, b. Aug. 24, 1759. 

Mary, b. Feb. 12, 1762; m. Col. Phineas Chapin. 

Jesse Lane, s. of Robert ; was one of the most active and 
prominent men among the early settlers. He was b. at Leba- 
non, Conn., Dec. i, 1746; came here in June, 1766, and settled 
on the A. Pease farm, on the Unity I'oad. He was a modera- 
tor one year, representative three years, and a selectman eight 
years. He m., Feb. 22, 1770, Hester Wright, of Killingworth, 
Conn.,b. Oct. 31, 1750. 

Samuel, b. April 6, 1771; d. at Crown Point, N. Y., in 1819. 

David IV., b. March 13, 1773; d. Nov. 7, 1840. 

Rttth, b. May 5, 1775. 

Mariin, b. Aug. 16, 1777; d. in Penn., 1825. 

Sarah, h. May 11, 1780; m. Dr. Truman Abel), of Lempster ; d. 1838. 

yob, d. young. 

Hester, b. Jan. 2, 1784; m. Jeremiah Jenks ; d. at Crown Point, N. Y. 

\Robert, b. April 2, 1786. Benjatnin, b. Jan. 25, 1789. 

Mary, b. Feb. 6, 1791 ; m. a Mr. Barrows, of Bridport, Vt. 

Temperance, b. Sept. 17, 1793; drowned in 1801. 

Robert Lane, the fifth s. of Jesse Lane, was b. April 2, 
1786. He studied medicine with Dr. Truman Abell, of Lemp- 
ster ; opened an office at Sutton, N. H., where he remained un- 
til 1812, when he moved to New London. From 1819 to 1821 
he was a surgeon in the army, and was stationed at Mobile 
Point, Alabama. He then returned to Sutton, where he spent 
the remainder of his life. He was among the most prominent 
members of the profession in his section of the state. He was 
a skilful physician, and enjoyed an extensive practice until his 
death, which occurred May 3, 1872. Married Mary Kelsey, 
dau. of Jeremiah Kelsey, ist, of this town. She d. June 10, 
181 2, aged 26 years. 

Elizabeth, b. Nov. 14, 1807; m., Jan. 26, 1837, Dr. James R. Smiley, a 
native of Bristol, who was a graduate of Dartmouth college in 1833, 
studied with Dr. Lane, at Sutton, and was in practice chiefly at 
Grafton, N. H., until 1866, when he took charge of the business of 
his father-in-law, at Sutton, where they now r. Ch., Adelaide Lane, 
now lady principal at Colby Academy, New London. Mary Eliza- 
beth, d. at 17 ; Frances Farley and Susan Ela, teachers ; Parmelia 
Tarbell, m. Rev. B. A. True, Meriden, Conn.; Robert Lane, a 
journalist, in Boston. 

Mary., b. at Newport, June 13, 1809; d. Jan. 27, 1812. 


Mary Adelaide, b. Aug. 15, 181 1 ; m. May 5, 1837, Geo. W. Ela. of 
Concord. Ch., Robert Lane, a physician; was a captain in the 
civil war. Richard, studied law; was a captain in the civil war; 
killed at Drury's Bluff. 


RoswELL Latimer, b. 17S0; came from Lyme, Conn., in 
182S, and settled at Northville ; d. July 4, 1S50. Married Sal- 
lie Brown, a sister of Jonathan. 

Betsey, b. 1809; r. at Grafton. 

Louisa, b. 1812; ni. O. Huntoon ; fourch.; r. at Fall River, .Mass. 

Sophia, b. 1814; m., April 15, 1844, Morrill Wheeler. Ch., James P., 
b. Dec. 4, 1844. 

\Amos, b. 18 1 6. 

Jonathan, b. 1819; m. Mary Thompson. Ch., Frank J., b. June 20, 
1845; a workman in the W. L. Dow & Co. wood factory; m.. 
May 22, 1871, Sarah E., dau. of James Carr. Charles. 

Lyman, b. 1822 ; m., 1848, Caroline Eastman, of Sunapee, who d. Aug. 
I, 1868; have five ciiildren : r. at Olean, N. Y., where he is en- 
gaged in the boot and shoe trade. 

Mary, r. in Plymouth, Mass. 

Amos Latimer, s. of Roswell Latimer; b. 1S16 ; m. Lucy 

Esther, b. Feb. 3, 1841 ; m. W. S Kempton. 

Ellen L., b. Aug. 28, 1844. 

Edxvard G. and Edwin E., twins, b. March 3, 1851. 


Charles T. I,^athrop, a blacksmith; b. May 8, 1814; m., 
May 17, 1836, Matilda B. Wilder, b. Mar. 10, 1S16. Three of 
his sons, — Charles W., William L., and Fred D. — are mei"- 
chants in Boston. He is a paper manufacturer at Lawrence, 

Addison B., b. April 13, 1838; m., Nov. 22, 1864, Lucia King. 

William L., b. June 22, 1840; m., Sept. 3, 1863, Addie Clark. 

Lucius, b. April 22, 1842; a mechanic. 

Adelia J., b. Jan. i, 1844. Alonzo IV., b. June 18, 1S47; d. y. 

Charles IV., b. April 6, 1S50. Ered D., b. Oct. 18, 1853. 

Ada L., b. April 15, 1855 i d. at 8. 


Halsey Carroll Leav^itt, b. Sept. 27, 1827, hi Gouver- 
neur, St. Lawrence county, N. Y. ; was the youngest of 


eight children, and worked upon the farm until the age of 21. 
In 1842 he was baptized into the fellowship of the First Bap- 
tist church of his native town. He commenced preaching in 
school-houses in his own town, under the direction of his pas- 
tor. The pressing demands for his services increased to such 
an extent that he felt the necessity of pursuing a course of 
study, to prepare himself for a more enlarged sphere of useful- 
ness. In 1 858 he went to Vermont, to attend the New Hamp- 
ton school, located at Fairfax. In the fall of i860 he was a sup- 
ply to the church in West Bolton, Vt. ; in the following winter 
a revival followed his labors, which resulted in great good. 
Feb. 15, of that year, he was ordained as pastor of the church, 
and still continued his studies in connection with his class. He 
remained as pastor of this church four years. After serving a 
term in the Christian Commission, among the sick and wound- 
ed in Washington and before Petersburg, Va., during the war, 
he became the pastor of the Baptist church in Swanton, Vt. ; 
he remained there three years. In 1867 he accepted a call 
from the Baptist church in Cornish, where he remained five 
years. Sept. 29, 1S72, he became pastor of the Baptist church 
in this town, closing his pastorate in Sept., 1878. He was 
elected president of the Sullivan County Musical Convention 
in 1874, and was reelected four years to the same office. He 
is a friend to education, and an active w^orker in the cause of 
temperance; was a representative in 1875. M., Oct., 3, 1853, 
Romanda Leach, of his native town. 

Julitis Adelbert, b. March 4, 1855 ; fitted for college at Meriden and 
Suffield (Conn.) academies, and graduated at Brown University in 

1875, ^'^d subsequently at the Theological Seminary at Newton, 
Mass. ; is pastor of the Baptist church at Essex, Vt. M., May 29, 

1876, Isabel Brown, of Providence, R. I. 

Hattie Amelia, b. Jan. 29, 1857; was educated at the Colby Academy, 
New London; is now pursuing a musical education in Boston. 


George B. Lear, a blacksmith ; s. of Dea. Asahel Lear, of 
Sunapee ; b. July 3, 1839; came from Goshen to this town in 
1870, as a journeyman. On the death of Dea. D. B. Chapin, 
in connection with Day E. Maxfield he purchased the black- 
smithing establishment, where they have since continued the 


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business. M., May 2, 1S57, Maria A. Dodge, of Goshen, who 
d. Apr. 17, 1S77; m., 2d, May 6, 1878, Mrs. Jennie Robinson, 
of West Windsor, Vt. 


Frederick Stewart Lewis, a millwright, b. Dec. 1 1, 1798, 
at Clareinont ; came to this town in March, 1835; ni., 1822, 
Zylinda Tliomas, of Ciaremont, b. Apr. 15, 1799. 

Betsey Stewart, b. Aup;. 31, 1824; d. Aug. 16, 1838. 

^Frederick IV., b. April 6, 1828. 

yo/in Thomas^ b. Aug. 5, 1832; d. July, 1861; a merchant; m., Jan. 21, 

1858, Hannah Karr. Ch., James Fred, b. July 21, 1858; George 

E., b. April 14, 1861. 
Charles H., b. Dec. 5, 1840; a farmer; m., July 4, 1867, Emma Young, 

b. Sept. 4, 1842. Ch., Ernest W., b. Sept. 9, 1873. 
Betsey L., b. May i, 1845 ; ni-. I^ec. 2, 1867, John Tilton. Ch., Grace 

L., b. March 20. 1870. 
Harriet Z., b. Dec. 15, 1848; m., Dec. 12, 1867, Roswell J. Kelsey 

Ch., Myrtie L., b. Feb. 10, 1868. 

Frederick W. Lewis, s. of Frederick S. ; b. April 6, 1828, 
at Ciaremont. He was hired out to work on a farm at eleven 
years of age, at four dollars per month, and continued at farm 
work three years. At fourteen he entered the store of Bela 
Nettleton of this town as a clerk. At twenty-four years of age 
was admitted as a partner in the same store, where lie contin- 
ued until the death of Mr. Nettleton. some seven years later, 
when he purchased the entire stock and continued the business 
until 1S63. Li 1862 he was chosen cashier of the Sugar River 
Bank, and held the position until 1865, when the bank was re- 
organiz.ed as a national bank, taking the name of " The First 
National IBank of Newport." He was elected cashier of this 
bank, which position he now occupies. Through his efforts, 
mainly, in 1868 a charter was obtained for the Newport Savings 
Bank. The bank was organized and cominenced business in 
September of the same year. He was elected treasurer of the 
institution, and has since held the position. He was town-clerk 
one year, and has been elected town treasurer five years, and 
now holds the office. He was chairman of the committee which 
was chosen to superintend the building of the new town hall 
and court-house, in the erection of which he took a lively 


and active interest. He was instrumental in procuring the es- 
tablishment of the telegraph to Newport, and worked early and 
late to secure the building of the railroad through the town. In 
early life he was active in militar}' affairs, holding various com- 
missions. He has been an active and interested member of the 
Unitarian church and society since its organization in Newport. 
Never soliciting or aspiring to political preferment, he has 
nevertheless frequently been nominated as candidate for select- 
man, representative, and state councillor. His substantial and 
elegant residence on Cheney street was erected by him in 1876. 
M., Oct. 2, 1S56, Mary J. Travis, of Natick, Mass., b. Jan. 13, 


Samuel DeWolf, b. Jan. 3, 1867. 

John Lewis, b. at Groton, June 10, 1765 ; m., Nov. 3, 1788, 
Mary Stevens, of Alstead. 

John, b. Sept. i, 1789. Edward S., b. July 24, 1792. 

Polly, b. March 26, 1795. Lemira, b. April 23, 1798. 

Philiira, b. Jan. 12, 1801. 


Amos Little, a hatter; b. Feb. 27, 1796, at Springfield; 
came here in 181S from Hampstead, where he had learned his 
trade, and for many years supplied a large region of country 
around him with the products of his labor. He was a select- 
man in 1839, and a representative in 1S42 and 1S43. He was 
a devoted Mason, and was a prominent and efficient member of 
the Baptist church, and did much for its advancement, tempo- 
rarily and spiritually, until his death, which occurred Aug. 17, 
1859. -^^ ^^^ distinguished for his enterprise and social qual- 
ities. M., Sept. 24, 1818, Ann Brickett, of Hampstead, b. in 
Salem, June 18, 1797. 

\Charles Henry, b. Jan. 10, 1820. 

Amos Brickett. b. Feb. 16, 182 1 ; was a lawyer. He was educated at 
Meriden academy, and at Brown University. In 1845 he was ap- 
pointed to a place in the patent office at Washington, D. C, where 
he continued to hold important positions until his death, which oc- 
curred in 1862, at which time he was a chief examiner. He was ap- 
pointed law clerk in the patent office in 1853, ^"d while holding 
the office codified and published the Patent Laws of the U. S. He 
was a vigorous writer. [See Literature.] 


Frances Ann, h. July 30, 1823; m. Joseph W. Parmelee. 

George Edintcnd, b. April 25, 1834; was bred a hatter; was in trade with 
his father and brother Charles. Subsequently he became a mer- 
chant and an expressman. iM., July 26, 1859, Sarah Jane, dau. of 
A. P. Wellcome, b. Feb. 12, 1841. 

Charles Henry Little, s. of Amos ; b. Jan. 10, 1S20; 
was bred a batter in bis fatber's sbop, and on attaining to liis 
majority was admitted as a partner in tbe business. He was 
in tbe civil war. He is an active Mason, and a worker in tlie 
Temperance reform movement. M., Marcb 24, 1S42, Sarab 
S. Fuller, b. Mar. 10, iSiS, at Cbester, Vt. 

FJizabeth E , b. April 28, 1843 ; "">• <^eo. H. Fuller; ch., Alice E. 
Sarah Frances, b. Oct. 29, 1844. Nancy A.,h. March 26, 1848, d. y. 
Mary A., b. Oct. 19, 1853. 

Frederick S. Little, a native of Antrim ; a farmer and 
teacher; b. July 20, 1826 ; came to this town in 1S74 from Go- 
shen, where he had been a selectman, town-clerk, and superin- 
tending school committee. He was for four years in charge of 
an academy in New Jersey. Since coming to this town, be has 
been a selectman and a superintending school committee. 
Lives on tbe N. B. Hull farm. M., May 25, 1S54, Julietta E. 
Chase, of Washington, b. Dec. 4, 1835, d. Sept. 29, 1869; m., 
2d, Oct. II, 1S70, Mary E. Oilman, of Unity, b. Dec. 3, 1844. 

Nellie Z., b. Nov. 8, 1856. Willie V., b. Nov. 2, i860. 

Freddie O., b. Sept. 30, 1868. 


John B. Libbev, b. July 21, 1820, at Straflbrd, Vt. ; came 
here April i, 1S65 ; d. Feb. 24, 1872. He was " bound out " 
during his minority. He was converted at 16, commenced 
preaching at 21, and followed his profession until his death. 
M., July 23, 1845, Bathsbeba M. Preston. 

Sara/t M., b. Jan. 14, 1849; "Im July 25, 1869, Harvey F. Deming, of 

Richmond J. /\, b. July 2, 185 1. Julia A., b. Dec. 27, 1854. 


Oeorge F. Livermore, a provision dealer ; b. March 5, 
1848; came from Hillsborough in 1871 ; m. Villa J. Huntress. 



Leander Long, b. Aug. 25, 1812; a cabinet-maker; was a 
workman ni the old cabinet establishments, which were then 
the most important manufactures in town, since which he has 
been engaged in various trades ; came from Claremont in 1828 ; 
married Sibyl A., dau. of Matthew Buell, Jr., b. Dec. 13, 1817. 

Caroline H., b. May i, 1837. 

Sarah B., b. Feb. 22, 1839; rn- Albert J. Peaslee. 

Ann £"., b. May i, 1842; dead. 

Mariah G., b. Dec. 3, 1844; m. Chas. Brockway. 

Sibyl L., b. Apr. 22, 1847; dead. Frederick Z., b. Sept. 8, 1851. 

Catherine B., b. June 25, 1862. 


William Lowell, a cabinet-maker; b. March 18, 1795, at 
Newburyport, Mass. ; came here from Sutton in 1818 ; d.June 
I, 1839. He was enterprising and public-spirited. He had a 
large shop where the Rounsevel tannery now stands, where 
he employed a large number of hands, and did an extensive 
business. He was a captain in the militia. M.,Feb. 11, 1818, 
Polly Giles, of Sutton, b. Oct. 11, 1792, and d. Aug. 20, 1824; 
m., 2d, May 20, 1826, Jane Giles, a sister of his first wife, b. 
Sept. 21, 1S03, and d. July 14, 1872. 

Sarah G.,h. Aug. 21, 1819; m., Sept. 12, 1843, Humphrey P.Web- 
ster, a merchant in Boston. 

William ^., b. Dec. 13, 1820; a merchant in Boston. 

Reuben G., b. April 19, 1822; d. y. Roxana G.y b. Aug. 9, 1823; d, y. 

George IV., )). April 16, 1827; d. 1830. 

A/arj y., h. Jan. 30, 1829; d. 1832. 

George IV., h. March 14, 1831; d. June 23, 1832. 

Justina Z,., b. July 15, 1834; m., Feb. 14, 1854, Benj. F. Young, a na- 
tive of Sunapee, now a merchant in Boston. 

Edward, b. June 29, 1836; d. 1836. 

Charles £■., b. Nov. 14, 1838; d. 1840. 


Oliver Lund, a saddler; b. Feb. 25, 1776; he came to this 
town from Nashua, his native place, in 1799. [See Saddlers.] 
M., Nov. 13, 1800, Thankful, dau. of Jesse Wilcox, b. March 7 



Emily, b. Nov. 11, 1801 ; d. Nov. 6, 1874; unmarried. 

Oliver IV., b. July 19, 1803; a merchant in I'hiladelphia; d. in 1865. 

Elizabeth, b. Feb. 28, 1806; m., .Sept. 5, 1838, Emerson Stevens, of 
Gosiien, b. Aug. 24, 1807. Ch., Ann E., b. June 16, 1844; Mar- 
cia E., b. May 29, 1850, who m., July 3, 1868, Parker T. Dow. 

Elmira, b. June, 1808 ; d. young. 

Orlando, b. April 17, 1810; a teacher and lecturer; m. Helen Whit- 
ney, of Nashua. 

Delia A., b. July 8, 1812; d. in 1843. 

Joseph K., b. March 24, 1814 ; a mechanic and express agent ; m. Eliz- 
abeth A. Tappan, sister of Hon. Mason W. Tappan ; r. at Brad- 

Alfred, b. Feb. 10, 18 16; a saddler and music-teacher; m. Mary Whit- 
ney, of Nashua; he d. at Nashua. 

Nathaniel F.,\i. Dec. 29, 1818; an insurance agent; m. Mary Stevens; 
m., 2d, Sarah Lumbard ; m., 3d, Lizzie Morse, of Bradford. 

Stephen Frank, b. Aug. 31, 1821 ; a machinist; m. Catharine Gleason ; 
m., 2d, Zemira Gleason; m., 3d, June 19, 1877, Mary Dwinell 
Chellis. [See Literature.] 


David Lyon, b. Apr. 11, 1739, at Stoughton, Mass. ; d. Apr. 
25, 1819; came to this town in 1790. He lived on the place 
since occupied by the Claggett family, on the Unity road, where 
he had a store and tavern. M., 1777, Abigail Belcher, who d. 
in 1823, about So years of age. 

Abigail, b. July 4, 1779; d. Jan. 21, 1843 '1 "^•. Nov. 25, 1802, Hubbard 

David, Jr., b. Aug. 13, 1780; d. April 26, 1819. 


Aaron Mack, b. at Hebron, Conn., Jan. 11, 1761 ; m., Dec. 
29, 17S5, Martha Newton, of Groton, b. April 9, 1768. 

Polly, b. Nov. 23, 1786. 


John McKinney, b. Oct. 20, 1791 ; d. Aug. 3, 1S53 ; "^-i 
Dec. 10, 1818, Eliza, dau. of Jesse Wilcox, Jr., b.Jan. 21, 1799, 
d. March 29, 1S76. 

Harry IV., b. Sept. 29, 1819; went to sea, and not heard from since. 
Wealthy IV. A'., b. Oct. 10, 1822; m., Jan. 26, 1847, Charles Smith, 

of Dcdham, Mass. 
Martha E., b. Aug. 3, 1825 ; d. Jan. 2, 1849. 
Mary E., b. March 14, 1833; m., Dec. 30, 1S57, John Muzzey, Jr. 




Benjamin Marshall, a farmer ; came from Windham ; m. 
Jane Park. 

Lydia J., b. Aug. 26, 1818; m. Benjamin Marshall, 2d. 

Benjamin Marshall, 2d, a farmer; b. July 16, 1818; r. in 
the west part of the town ; was a selectman in 1874. Married 
Lydia J. Marshall. 

Allen /*., b. Jan. 27, 1852 ; m. Ann Fletcher. 
Herbert A., b. April 21, 1857. 

Aaron C. Marshall, a farmer ; b. Feb. 3, 1819 ; came from 
Unity in 1864, and settled on the P. and J. Crowell farm. Mar- 
ried Hannah C. Bean, of Newbury. 

John, b. June 21, 1846; m. Jane Carr. 

Etta M., b. Feb. 10, 1855 ; m. Charles P. Still. Ch., Rosa L. 

Ora W., b. Oct. 2, 1861. 

Charles G. Marshall, b. Jan. 23, 1S39, at Northumber- 
land ; came here in 1871, and settled on Pike hill. Married 
Mary J. Clark, of St. Johnsbury, Vt. ; m., 2d, Martha J. Hum- 
phrey ; m., 3d, Marion E. Pike. 

Charles H., b. June 26, 1862. 

Dexter Marshall, a tanner; b. July 13, 1838, at Unity; 
m., Jan. 16, 1861, Olive Palmer, of Carroll. 

Fred, b. April 21, 1862. Will, b. Sept. 9, 1866. 

Chester S. Marshall, a manufacturer ; a brother of Dex- 
ter ; b. Dec. 22, 1841. M.,Jan. 4, 1864, Laura Hodgman, of 
Springfield, Vt., b. Dec. 25, 1849. 

Lillie M., b. Dec. 16, 1865. Susie G., b. Sept. 30, 1867. 

Eva A., b. Dec. 3, 1869. Ada M., b. Aug. 24, 1870. 

Chauncy Marshall, hotel clerk ; a twin brother of Chester 
S. ; b. Dec. 22, 1841 ; m., Dec. 8, 1867, Sarah, dau. of Daniel 
Rider, of Croydon. 



Sullivan Marston, b. at Concord, N. 11., Oct, 7, 1831 ; 
came to town in 1855 ; m. Mary J. Cummings, of Lowell ; m., 
2d, Lucy Robinson ; m., 3d, Pluma M. Eaton, of Warner. 

George E.^ b. Dec. 11, 1854; m., Oct. 22, 1875, Eliza Trumbull. 


Aaron Matson, b. in Plymouth county, Mass., in 1770. 
He represented the town of Stoddard, N. H., in the state legis- 
lature for several years, commencing in 1S06. He was also a 
member of the council, was a member of congress during the 
last four years of Monroe's administration, and a judge of pro- 
bate for Cheshire county. He had an active temperament, a 
well-balanced mind, and was social. He came to this town in 
1841, and d. here July iS, 1855, aged 85 years. Married Fran- 
ces Carpenter, of Charlestown, who d. Jan. 14, 1S55, aged 83 

Francis, m. Susan Gilson. Ch., Ann Matson, b. June 20, 1823, at 
Stoddard; m., Dec. i, 1840, Hon. Edmund Burke. She was the 
only grand-child of Hon. Aaron Matson, and inherited his fortune. 


Charles H. Matthews, a joiner, engaged in the establish- 
ment of W. L. Dow & Co. ; b. Aug. 15, 1S45 ; came here in 
1868, from Maine. M., Oct. 19, 1S69, Addie L. Emerson, b. 
Sept. iS, 1S48, dau. of Jonathan Emerson. 


Elisha H. Mathers, a farmer; b. Feb. 29, 1809, at Lemp- 
ster ; came here in 1852, from Goshen, where he had been a 
selectman ; m. Emily R. Giddings, of Campton, N. H. 

Emily E., b. June 9, 1833; m. Chas. H. Sholes, of Goshen; ch., Chas. 

H., b. March 6, 1859. 
Atnanda S., b. May 16, 1835; d. April i, 1859; ^ teacher and graduate 

at Brooklyn, N. Y. 
Charles //., b. June 14, 1837; a teacher; graduated at New London, 
\Rock'wood G., b. Jan. 10, 1840. 

L. Adclia, a teacher; b. Oct. 23, 1843; m. Nelson J. Smith. 
Emma /''., b. Oct. 29, 1845; '^ teacher; educated at New London 



RocKWooD G. Mathers, s. of Elisha H. Mathers ; b. June 
ID, 1840 ; was educated at New London academy ; studied 
medicine with Dr. Thomas Sanborn ; graduated at Dartmouth 
Medical College in 1861 ; after practising a while at Washing- 
ton and Marlow, settled at Hancock, where he died Sept. 30, 
1874. He was an assistant surgeon in the army. Married 
Maria N. Whittemore, of Bennington. 

Morris IV., b. Oct. 16, 1867. 


Day E. Maxfield, s. of Currier Maxfield ; b. Nov. 4, 1846, 
at Warner ; came to this town in 1S70. He has been engaged 
in blacksmithing ; is now one of the firm of Lear & Maxfield, 
at the establishment on Elm street. M., June 26, 1S72, Emma 
M., dau. of Chester C. Dodge. 


Four McAllasters, — William, Benjamin, Martha, and Apphia 
S., — came from Bedford to this town in 1813. Martha, b. Dec. 
25, 1774, m. Andrew Aiken; Apphia, b. Nov. 28, 1785, m. 
Capt. John Gilmore ; Benjamin m. Martha McKinney, and 
went to Morristown, N. Y. 

William McAllaster, s. of William ; b. June 14, 1772 ; 
built the Forsaith house ; owned and operated the village 
grist-mill ; was selectman in 1814; moved, with his family, to 
Morristown, N. Y. ; m. Jane McKinney. 

Hugh, m. Louisa, dau. of Dr. Lernard, of Hopkinton. 

Sarah, m. Rev. Mr. Pratt, of New York. 

William, b. Nov. 5, 1803 ; r. in New York. 

Margaret, b. Dec. 19, 1805; m. Dr. Preston, of New York. 

Hamilton, b. Feb. 3, 1808. Walter, b. Sept. 16, 1810. 

Martha J., b. Sept. 17, 1812; m. Hon. Daniel R. Tilden, of Cleveland, 

O., a member of congress. 
Caroline, b. Aug. 7, 1814. Harry, b. Oct. 28, 1816. 

Harriet, b. April 5, 1818 ; m., and lives in Morristown, N. Y. 
Henry M., b. June 29, 1821 ; a merchant at Boston. 

Betsey McAllister, m., Aug. 2, 1807, James Atwood. 



William H. McCrillis, a mechanic ; was b. June 30, 1815. 
He was son of John McCrillis, of Goshen, whose one hundredth 
birthday was celebrated in 1873 by the Masonic fraternity 
and a large crowd of descendants and neighbors. The sou 
came to this town to reside in 1875. While at Goshen he was 
a representative in 1858 and 1859, ^"^' again in 1867 and 1S6S. 
He was also a selectman, town-clerk, and post-master. He 
was a candidate for register of deeds in 1877 and 1878. M., 
September, 1S51, Abby H. Huntoon, who liad a talent for 
painting as well as for poetry. 

John, b. Aug. 5, 1858; educated at Newport high school. 


John McGregor, b. June 29, 1736, at Enfield, Conn. ; came 
to this town in 1787, and settled on the A. Wylie farm ; he was 
a soldier in the Revolution. M., Sept. 3, 1784, Lucy Chapin, 
who d. May 29, 1834. 

Asa, b. Nov. 2, 1785; m., Sept. 13, 1809, Experience White. Ch., 
Florilla, Carlos, Arbia A., Philander W., Henrietta, Milton. 

\JohH Booth, b. Nov. 27, 1787. [See Physicians.] 

Elias, b. Jan. 13, 1789; spent his minority on the farm with his father; 
after which he studied theology, and devoted the remainder ot 
his life to the work of the ministry; he labored in this state, in 
Massachusetts, in Maine, and in Vermont ; d. Dec. 13, i860, at 
Colchester, in the latter state. 

Lucy, b. June 15, 1792; d. Aug. 21, 1834. 

Norman, b. June 11, 1794; remained at the homestead; was a whip and 
rake manufacturer. [See Teams.] 

Lois^ b. Nov. 10, 1797; m. Calvin Dudley. 

John Booth McGregor, s. of John ; m., Aug. 10, 1S13, 
Mary Smith, of Windsor, Vt, a native of Shutesbury, Mass.,b. 
July 5, 1787. 

Helen Elisabeth, b. Sept. 24, 1815; m., April 13, 1842, Van Rens- 
selaer Rowe, of Rochester, N, Y. 

Marion Smith, b. Sept. 7, 1818; m. Joseph Christopher, of New York. 
[See Music] 

Catharine Hayes, b. Sept. 17, 1S20; m. Reuben Porter, of Buffalo, 
N. Y. 

Benjamin Rush, b. May 13, 1827 ; studied medicine, and is in practice 
in Brooklyn, N. Y.; m. Louisa, dau. of Hon. Lorenzo Burrows, of 
Albion, N. Y. 


Abel McGregor, b. Jul}', 1746 ; came from Enfield, Conn., 
and settled on the L. Richardson farm ; remained there until 
1812, when he removed to Maine, where he d. in 1840. M., 
1791, Dorcas Griswold, who d. Oct., 1799; m., 2d, 1800, Lo- 
vica Chapin ; m., 3d, July 12, 1809, Joanna Miller, of Charles- 

Lovica, b. Sept. 2, 1792; m., March, 1812, Ziba Durkee ; r. at Leba- 

Alpheus, b. Oct. 4, 1793; m., May, 1815, Mary G. Cheney; went to 
Freedom, Me., where he died in 1853. 

Laura, b. Sept. 4, 1796; m., Jan., 1822, Horace Eaton, of Hanover. 

Lydia, b. Feb. 28, 1798; m., April 16, 1820, Benj. Ricker, of Water- 
bury, Me. 

Dorcas, b. Jan. 20, 1811 ; m. Warren West, of Bangor, Me. 

Elizabeth, b. Feb. 8, 1812; m. Timothy Willard, of Alfred, Me. 

L7icy, b. Feb. 11, 1815; m. Moses Chandler, of Bangor, Me. 

Abel, b. Oct. 31, 1817; m., 1839, Hannah Yeaton. 

Olive, b. Aug. 27, 1820; d. young. 

Joel McGregor, b. at Enfield, Conn., Nov. 22, 1760 ; came 
to Newport in 1789, and settled on the William Tilton farm. 
He was a Revolutionary soldier; enlisted April 17, 1777, and 
was in the service five years ; he was taken prisoner by the 
British, and was confined in the famous " old sugar-house," 
in New York city, some eight months, — from May to Jan. — 
where he suffered much from cold and hunger. He was lib- 
erated the first day of January; and he often remarked that 
it was the happiest New lear's Day of his life. He d. in 
Nov., 1S61, aged loi years. Married Martha Bellows. 

Gains, b. Aug. 27, 1786; m. Betsey Hoyt ; went to Bethlehem. 

Polly, b. July 15, 1788 ; m. Silas Wakefield. 

\Cyrus B., b. Sept. 27, 1791. 

Laomy, b. Feb., 1794; m. Fanny White; moved to Whitefield. Ch., 

Melinda, Joel, Martha, Mary. 
Martha, b. July 16, 1799; i"- Willard Wakefield; m., 2d, Capt. Nath'l 

C. King, of Claremont. 
] James B., b. Sept. 6, 1801. 
Ruby, b. July, 1806; m. John Barnard. 

Cyrus B. McGregor, s. of Joel ; b, Sept. 27, 1791 ; is a 
cooper, and has spent a long life at Northville, engaged at his 
trade. Married Hannah Heath, of Grantham ; m., 2d, Han- 
nah, dau. of Peter Wakefield. 


Erastus, b. July, 1818; d. 1832. Edward F., b. 1821 ; d. young. 
Rttby^ b. May 11, 1825; m. Wm. M. Gilniore. 

James B. McGregor, s. of Joel ; b. Sept. 6, 1801 ; is a me- 
chanic ; was one time prominent among the singers at North- 
ville. M., Nov. 9, 1832, Ehzabeth J. Townsend, a sister ot 
Mrs. Amos Tuck, b. Feb. 6, 1S06, who d. Aug. 25, 1869. 

yawes H., b. April 12, 1839; a mechanic at Northville; ni., Feb. 15, 
1872, Emma Milendy, of Hartland, Vt., b. Sept. 26, 1856. 


William McPherson lived on the S. Crowell farm, and was 
an expert with the violin. 


Frank P. Meserve, s. of Samuel and Mary A. (Hanson) 
Meserve, of Rochester, N. H. ; b. Nov. 30, 1852 ; came to this 
town in 1871 ; was four years in the tailoring establishment 
with John O. Hobbs, and on the death of Mr. IL, in October, 
1875, formed a partnership with Dana J. Mooney, and pur- 
chased the establishment. In 1S78 he was elected town-clerk. 
M., May 15, 1S7S, Minnie A., dau. of Matthew Harvey. 


Calvin Messenger, a shoemaker ; lived in the south part 
of the village. He kept a tract depository, and at one time 
was engaged in 7norus tnulticaulis and silk speculations. 
Married Adaliza Gleason. He d. Mar. 16, 1842, aged 46 years. 


Abel Metcalf, a son of Samuel Metcalf, a descendant of 
Michael Metcalf, a Puritan, who came to this country from 
England in 1637, and settled at Dedham, jSIass. ; was born at 
Franklin, Mass. ; came to this town in 1791, and settled in the 
north-west corner of the town. He m. Abigail Eames, of 
Framingham, Mass. He d. Nov. 13, 1836, aged 72 years. 

\Silas. \Thcron, b. July 31, 1800. 

\Kendrick, b. Nov. 23, 180S. 

Sabrina, the youngest child, d. in 1S26, aged 18 years. 


Silas Mktcalf, s. of Dea. Abel Metcalf ; was an intelligent 
and successful fanner ; was a teacher in his early days, and 
took a lively interest in education, temperance, and politics. 
He was a selectman in 1838 and 1839, and a representative in 
1S43 and 1844. M., June i, 1825, Orpha Fletcher. He d. Nov. 
16, 1853, aged 56 years. 

George L., d. July 8, 1840, aged 11 years. 

Theron Metcalf, s. of Dea. Abel Metcalf; b. July 31, 1800. 
He was named after his kinsman, Theron Metcalf, chief-justice 
of the supreme court of Massachusetts. He was a successful 
teacher and farmer while in town. He was afterwards a mer- 
chant in Claremont and in Boston ; d. at the latter place Jan. 
10, 1867. He m.,May 21, 1828, Mary Jackson, b. Jan 11, 1804, 
a sister of Hon. Eleazer Jackson, of Cornish. 

Henry, d. young. Mary Frances^ r. in Boston. 

Charles Pealwdy, b. Mar. 16, 1839 i ^^^ several years a member of the 
firm of Stone, Downer & Co., brokers, of Boston; is now with Blake 
Bros. & Co., bankers, New York city; m., Jan. 5, 1871, Helen 
Judith Caldwell; ch., Christine, b. Nov. 18, 1874. 

Kendrick Metcalf, s. of Dea. Abel Metcalf; b. Nov. 23, 
1805 ; graduated at Dartmouth college, in 1829, with honor, 
having defrayed the expenses of his education mainly by teach- 
ing in the winter, and by farm labor a part of the summer. 
After graduating he taught at Buffalo, N. Y., and at Rochester, 
in the same state. In 1831 he was admitted to holy orders in 
the Protestant Episcopal Church ; for eight years was rector of 
St. Mark's church, LeRoy, Genessee county ; the next eight 
years was rector of Christ church, Duanesburgh, Schenectady 
county ; and for the last twenty-five years has been a professor 
in Hobart college, Geneva, N. Y. In 1850 he received the hon- 
orary degree of D. D. at Columbia college, N. Y. Married 
Susan Trask, of Boston. 

Ralph Metcalf [see Lawyers]. 

Elias Metcalf lived in the early days on the S. Kempton 
farm, and was a farmer and merchant. Tradition speaks of 


him as a man of excellent judgment, social, and popular; as a 
deacon, he was among the most gifted. 

Elias, eldest son ; m. Sally, dau. of Rev. Bial Ledoyt ; the family re- 
moved to Montpelier, Vt. 

Cv'Rus Metcalf, a printer ; was for a while associated with 
Mr. Aldrich in the publication of the Spectator^ in this town. 

Horatio Metcalf, b. Jan. 22, 1802; came from Croydon; 
m. Phebe Haven. 

Melita, b. July 15, 1825 ; m. Christopher C. Shedd. Ch., Herbert A. ; 

r. at Northfield, iMinn. 
Marilla, b. Jan. 13, 1828; m. James A. Smith, of Royalton, Vt. Ch., 

Clara M.. Clarence M. 
Orlando P., b. Feb. 11, 1830; m. Mary A. Durkee. Ch., George, 

Charles, Ellen, Willie. 
Martha A., b. Nov. 12, 1832; m. William Wells, of Brookfield. Vt. ; 

m., 2d, William H. Dunbar. Ch., Lillian M., by first husband; 
Lucy M., b. Sept. 29, 1835; m. Oren C. Kibbey. 

Alexander Metcalf, s. of Samuel ; came to this town from 
Croydon, and purchased the C. C. Shedd farm. He was a pop- 
ular teacher, and a selectman in 1S42 ; moved to Minnesota in 
1858, where he has been a successful farmer and speculator. 
Married Anna, dau. of Col. Nathaniel Wheeler, of Croydon. 

Joseph P. Metcalf, s. of Capt. Obed Metcalf, of Croydon ; 
came to this town about 1S37, ^"^^ settled on the N. Dame 
place. M., 1840, Lucy Gould. 

Henry //., b. April 7, 1S41; entered the Law School of the University 
of Michigan, at Ann Arbor, and graduated in the class of 1865; 
read law with Hon. Edmund Burke, and was admitted to the bar 
in 1867; he edited the White Mountain Republic in 1869; the fol- 
lowing year he became the political editor of The People, at Con- 
cord; afterwards published the Democratic Press, at Dover; he is 
now (1879) editor and publisher of the Granite State Ma^^azine, 
and political editor of The People and A'. //. Patriot, at Concord. 
M. Mary J. Jackson, of Littleton, in i86g. 

Carlos G., b. 1846; studied medicine with Dr. J. L. Swett; graduated 
from the Medical Department of the University at Albany, N. Y., 
and is in practice at Troy, N. H. 

Fran/! M., b. 1852. Arthur C, b. 1856. 



James Wesley Miller, a tanner; b. Nov. 30, 1830; came 
from Lempster, his native town, in 1857 ; m. Lucy Clough ; m., 
2d Nov. 10, 1S5S, Mary J., dau. of Joseph Saw^yer, Jr. 

Cora, b. Oct. 16, 1857; d. in her girlhood. 

Laura Etta, b. April 19, i860. Mary Sophira, b. Oct. 5, 1865. 

Edwin R. Miller, a farmer; b. Nov. 12, 1839, ^^ Bridge- 
water, Vt., and came to this town in 1850; m., Aug. 10, 1865, 
Sarah J. Vose, of Claremont, b. Sept. 10, 1S45 ; lives at the N. 
Rand place. 

Chloe S., b. July 30, 1866. Jason G., b. Jan. 24, 1868. 

Rosie jff., b. July 18, 1870. 


William Millen came from New Boston in 1818, and set- 
tled on the A.J. Reed farm on East mountain. Ch., William^ 
David, Seth TV., Polly, Betsey (m. Stephen Parker), Dorcas, 
Lucinda (m. A.J, Reed), Lydia. 

Sumner Millen, a cabinet-maker ; b. Aug. 14, 1805, in 
Washington, and came to this town in Feb., 1826. He, in 
connection with Hiram Buswell and Samuel E. George, pui'- 
chased the William Lowell cabinet manufactory, and continued 
the business ; in 1836 he sold out, and returned to Washington. 
M., June 10, 1834, Martha, dau. of Moses P. Durkee. 

Lois, b. Sept. i, 1835; "■*• Henry Durkee, of Lebanon. 

Marietta, b. July 18, 1836; d. Oct. i, 1858. 

Moses P., b. Nov. 18, 1838 ; r. in Bath, Me. 

Esther, b. Dec. 16, 1840; m. James Robinson, of Washington. 


Francis R. Moore, b. April 30, 1827 ; came from Hopkin- 
ton in 1872 ; m. Abbie N., dau. of John Carr. 

Frank A., b. April 13, 1851 ; m. Mary S. Hurd; one child. 
Ella H.,\). Dec. 22, 1856. 



Dana J. Mooney, s. of Moses C. Mooney ; a merchant 
tailor; b. June 17, 1841, at Alton, and came to this town Nov. 
II, 1S75, from Newmarket. M., Dec. 27, 1865, Abbie, dau. of 
Ichabod Wentworth, b. June 11, 1S47, d. Dec. 27, 186S; m., 
2d, Feb. 22, 1S70, Mary A., dau. of Samuel Meserve, of Roches- 
ter, b. Dec. 28, 1S48. 

Edith A., b. June 11, 1867. 


IciiABOD Morse, b. Oct. 25, 1771, at Douglass, Mass. ; came 
to this town in 1800, and settled on the George P. Haven farm. 
He was one of the most extensive dairymen-of his day ; he kept 
a tavern for several years at his residence, which was on the 
old Cornish turnpike, then much travelled. Married Polly 
Bailey, of Swanzey, in 1S08. 

Zilpha, b. Dec. 7, 1810; d. July 21, 1840. 

Maria P., b. April 25, 1813; d. Feb. i, 1871; m. Hon. Harvey Hun- 
toon, of Unity. Ch., Ruel C, b. July i, 1832; Ransom, b. April 
25, 1836; Ora M., b. May i, 1839; Ira McL., b. June i, 1843; L^- 
mira J., b. Feb. 22, 1846; Ariel A., b. Sept. 29, 1851. 

Ora B., b. Oct. 8, 1815; d. Nov. 8, 1833. 

Charity Mar oa, b. June 5, 181 7; d. iMay, 1835. 


Nathan TvIudget, b. Dec. 23, 1805 ; a farmer, trader, and 
deputy-sheriff; came here from Sunapee in 1S28 ; he was a se- 
lectman two years, a representative in 1S44 and 1850, state sen- 
ator in 1S55 and 1856, and in 1850 a member of the constitu- 
tional convention. M., Jan. 5, 1830, Mehitable, dau. of Nathan- 
iel Dow, b. Sept. 16, 1804. 


The ]Muzzeys came from Boscawen. 

Benjamin Muzzey, b. 1794 ; m. Lydia Hardy. 

Nehemiah, m. Sarah Chase; ch., George, John. 
John, m. Elizabeth Jones ; went to New York. 


Lydia, m. George Herrick. 

Daniel D., m. Lavina Sanborn; m., 2d, July 4, 1855, Elvira Heath, b. 

Oct. I, 1833. Ch., James C. ; Edward C, b. March, 1847; Curtis 

J., b. June 18, 1851; Lavona; Ella V., b. June 28, 1856. 
Hannah, m. Benj. Philbrick. Ch., Lydia, George Rollins, Dennis, 

John Tyler. 
Benjamin AL, b. May 15, 1819; a farmer, noted for his fine stock; r. 

at the Currier homestead; m. Rebecca Currier. Ch., Lora M., b. 

April 22, 1857. 
Charles. \George L. 

George L. Muzzey, b. April 30, 1834; "^v I^^c. i, 1855, 

Fanny J. Dow, b. Dec. 23, 1825. 

Willie C, b. Dec. 12, 1857. Nellie R., b. Jan. 31, i86r. 

Frank G^., b. Dec. 28, 1863. Fanny E., b. Sept. 10, 1868. 

Daniel Muzzey, a stone-mason; b. Nov. 22, 179S ; was a 
soldier in the war of 1812 ; d. Dec, 1876 ; m. Lanora Jones. 

Delia L., b. Oct., 1821; m. John K. Dillingham, of Sutton. 
Samuel, b. April 25, 1825; m. Fanny Nichols. 
Hannah, b. April 6, 1833 ; m. Horace Howe. 
Henry F., b, June 25, 1846; m. Harriet Kempton. 

Mehitable Muzzey, a sister of Daniel ; m. Enoch Noyes. 

John Muzzey, b. March 9, 1794, at Boscawen ; a joiner; 
m., Oct. 8, 1825, Abigail N. Bean, of Sutton, b. Jan. 9, 1799; 
d.Jan. 23, 1873. He d. Dec. 21, 1867. 

Mehitable N.,\). July 11, 1826; d. Sept. 22, 1863; m., April 13, 1847, 

Seneca Howe. 
\John, b. Sept. 28, 1828. 
Hannah B.., b. Aug. 18, 1830; m.. May 15, 1859, Wm. Cheney, of 

Melvina A., h. Aug. 11, 1832; m., March 12, 1857, Geo. Shepherd, of 

Ma?-ila T., h. March 28, 1835; "■>•■> ]^^^ ^4> 1858, Russell Pillsbury. 
Moses jV., b. Oct. 12, 1837. 
Harriet M., b. Dec. 17, 1839; d. Aug. 27, 1862. 

John Muzzey, s. of John ; b. Sept. 28, 1S28 ; was for several 
years a hotel keeper at Bradford, Concord, and Hillsborough ; 
returned to this town in 1877, and opened a bakery, where he 
operated awhile, when he sold out to E. L. Smith, the present 
owner. M., Dec. 30, 1858, Mary E., dau. of John McKinney. 

Frank L., b. July 21, 1864. Harry Smith, b. Dec. 31, 1868. 

Harriet M., an adopted daughter; b. Sept. 14, 1862. 



Jeremiah Nettleton, the father of the Nettletoii race in 
town, came from Killingworth, Conn., in 1779, and settled on 
the A. Paul farm. He owned Bald mountain and the land 
southward to the river. He was son of Jeremiah, grandson of 
Joseph, who m. Hannah Bushnell, Feb. iS, 171 2, and great- 
grandson of John Nettleton, who came from Kenilworth, Eng., 
about fifty miles west of London. He was b. Oct. 17, 1738; 
d. 1815; m. Love Buell, Nov. 19, 1761, at Killingwortii, Conn. 

Mabel, h. Nov. 15, 1762; m. Aaron lUiell, Jr. 

Charity, b. July 27, 1764; m.'a Mr. Story, and went to Goshen. 

^Aaron, b. Nov. 11, 1766; m. Mehitable Dow. 

\yeremiah, Jr., b. Sept. 11, 176S; m. Lydia Ledoyt. 

\Natlian, b. June 21, 1770; m. Hannah Wheeler. 

Rachel, b. Oct. 4, 1772 ; m. Joshua Heath. 

Deborah, b. Feb. 11, 1775 ; m. I'eter Stow. 

\yoel, b. Feb. 6, 1778; m. Elizabeth Dow. 

\Daniel, b. Dec. i, 1780; m. Esther Peck; m., 2d, Rhoda Ryant. 

Aaron Nettleton, s. of Jeremiah ; b.Nov. 11, 1766 ; lived 
and died on the spot first settled by his father. He was an ex- 
cellent farmer, and was engaged, to a considerable extent, in 
public business. He was the first sherift' of the county of Sul- 
livan. Married Mehitable Dow, of Exeter, Murch 5, 1793. 

\Jereniiah D.,h. April 10, 1794; m. Zilpha Bowman. 
Lydia K., b. Oct. 5, 1795. 

Fanny, b. Dec. 25, 1796; m. Col. Josiah Stevens. 
\Aaron, Jr., b. July 8, 1799. \Bela, b. July 5, 1801. 

Mehitable, b. June 2, 1803; d. 1804. 

Jeremiah D. Nettleton, s. of Aaron: b. April 10, 1794; 
settled on the C. McGregor place ; afterwards took the old 
homestead, which had been occupied by his father and grand- 
father, where he spent the remainder of his life, and where he 
d. Dec. 8, 1852. He was a representative in 1837 and 1S39 » 
was state senator two years, and one of the selectmen some 
thirteen years. He was courteous in his manners, and enjoyed 
in a good degree the confidence of his townsmen. He was an 
active member of the Baptist society. M,, in 1S15, Zilpha, 
dau. of Zadoc Bowman ; m., 2d, Orpha Sweet. 


Lydia K.,h.M2iy 5, 1817; m., Oct. 5, 1837, Hiram Emerson; r. at 

Fanny E., b., Nov. 25, 1821; m., Oct. 10, 1845, Hartford Sweet; r. at 

yerc7niah, b. July 14, 1832 ; mill operative ; r. at Newport. 
Orpha^ b. Nov. 13, 1834; m., Nov. 10, 1853, Albert Rowell. 

Aaron Nettleton, s. of Aaron; b. July 8, 1799? was a 
popular merchant, trading at the Nettleton block, where he was 
also post-master until his death. M., Dec. 22, 1825, Sarah H. 
French, of Unity. 

\Aaron French, b. Oct. 27, 1829. 

Sarah Ann, m. Chas. H. Chapin, a lawyer at St. Louis, Mo. 

Aaron French Nettleton, s. of Aaron Nettleton, Jr. ; b. 
Oct. 37, 1S29; spent his minority with his uncle, Jeremiah D. 
Nettleton, at farm work (both of his parents having died), after 
which he was engaged in trade. He was a popular bass sing- 
er. In 1859 he went to Boston, where he entered, in 1S61, the 
police department. He was appointed superintendent of the 
city prison in 1868, and a city constable in 1874, which office 
he still holds. He is fond of the military, and is often chief 
marshal on public parade days of the city. M., March 10, 
1853, Lucia P. Dean, a favorite singer, dau. of Mrs. Jacob Rob- 
inson by a former husband. 

Bela Nettleton, s. of Aaron, and grandson of Jeremiah ; 
b. July 5, iSoi ; d. Nov. 13, i860. He was a merchant, a 
teacher, a post-master, a sheriff', and a selectman ; was a repre- 
sentative in 1850 and 1851, and was a member of the state con- 
stitutional convention in 1850. He took a lively interest in ed- 
ucation — was several times superintendent ; was the recipient 
of military honors. He had special talent as a presiding offi- 
cer, and was often a moderator. M., Jan. i, 1835, Sarah Lou- 
isa Boynton, of Windsor, Vt. 

George, b. Dec. 29, 1835; d. Nov. 13, 1841. 

Bela, b. Aug. 15, 1837; was in the army under Gen. Banks. 

Edward, b. July 29, 1839; '^^^ the second man who enlisted for the war 

of the Rebellion in town ; reenlisted in a nine months regiment, 
. and again in the i8th Regt. ; was a lieutenant in Gen. Banks's Red 

River expedition ; travelled in Europe after the war. 

; /^ rz^^5^;r::5 


Jeremiah Nettleton, s. of Jeremiah ; went to Siinapee, 
where he died. He was much given to hunting and fishing, 
and was the most noted hunter of his day ; captured Large num- 
bers of bears, deer, and moose ; travelling on snow-shoes, he 
was often obliged to bring home his tired dogs in his arms. lie 
was a deacon in the Baptist church. M., April 2, 17951 Lydia, 
dau. of Rev. Bial Ledoyt. 

Love, m. John Ryant, of Ohio. 

Lydia, m. Herman Hewlett, a teacher at Columbus, Ohio; returned to 
N. H., and is now wife of Dea. Parmenas Whitcomb. 

Hiram, m. Lavina James; went to Ohio. Ch., Alvord, a general in 
the army. 

Sarah, m. and went to Canada. 

Jeremiah, m. Susan Bockoven, and went to Illinois. 

Roxanna, m. Nathan Smith, of Unity. 

Perletia, m. Miner Permort, of Plainfield. 

Harriet B., a teacher; m. William Spaulding, a Congregational clergy- 
man of New Ipswich. 

Charity Ann, m, Zenas Bowman, of Columbus, Ohio. 

Loanda, m. Peter Fitzgerald; r. in Cheshire, Ohio. 

Abial, went to Salisbury, where he d. 

Nathan Nettleton, s. of Jeremiah ; came to town with his 

fatiier in 1779 ; m. Hannah, dau. of Dea. Nathaniel Wheeler, of 

Croydon ; was for a few years on the Griffin farm, and also in 

the village grist-mill, but emigrated to Delaware county, Ohio, 

where he died. 

yohn, b. March 13. 1797; m. Louisa Dobson; r. at Orange, Ohio. 
Nathan, b. Jan. 8, 1799; m. Lucy Buell ; r. at Berkshire, Ohio. 
Delia, b. June 14, 1801 ; unmarried; r. at Orange, Ohio. 
Hannah, b. Dec. 2, 1804; m. Samuel Patterson; r. at Orange, Ohio. 
Alexcy, b. Feb. 22, 1807; m. Rev. Eli Frey, of Fallsburg, Ohio. 
William, b. June 25, 1809; m. Lucy Thompson; r. in California. 
Abiel, b. Jan. 10, 181 5. 

Nathaniel, b. April 6, 1817; m. Rebecca Fanchard; r. at Orange, Ohio. 
James Albert, b. Oct. 9, 1822; educated at Central college; is a clergy- 
man at Oberlin, Ohio; m. Frances Hodges. 

Joel Nettleton, s. of Jeremiah; b. Feb. 6, 177S; settled 
on the O. Whipple farm, in the north-east part of the town, but 
early purchased the Newport House, which he greatly enlarged, 
and where he was for the most part of his life a landlord ; was 
also stage proprietor. M., March 5, 1S05, Elizabeth Dow. 

Joel Parker, b. Aug. 21, 1806; succeeded his father at the Newport 
House ; d. in Conn. ; m. Charlotte Lyon, of Conn. Ch., Rolon, 
Gilbert, Therese, Abby. 


Mary Hendrick, b. April 9, 18 10; m. Cyrus Walker, of Patoka, 111. 
Ch., George, Parker, Mary, Henry. 

^Gilbert, b. March 24, 1808. 

Elizabeth^ b. Oct. 7, 1814; m. Zepheniah Hutchinson, one of the fa- 
mous singers, and went to Illinois. Ch., Mary. 

Persis D., b. July 27, 1818 ; second wife of Cyrus Walker, who lived at 
Patoka, 111. Ch., Lillie N. 

\Da71iel, b. Feb. 6, 182 1. 

Gilbert Nettleton, s. of Joel Nettleton ; b. 'March 24, 
1808 ; in boyhood he was a clerk in the office of his father in 
the Newport House ; was a clerk at Washington during the 
administration of President Polk, after which he removed to 
Missouri, where he remained a few years ; he then went to 
Illinois, where he spent the remainder of his life. Married 
Julia E. Pratt, a French lady, belonging to a wealthy family. 

Mary Celeste, m. a Mr. Wall, a prominent man at Duquoin, 111. 
Emma. Charles. Pratt. Valle. 

Daniel Nettleton, s. of Joel Nettleton; b. Feb. 6, 1821 ; 
spent his minority with his father in the Newport House ; 
was twelve years at Wilmot, engaged in the tanning business, 
after which he returned to this town and purchased the village 
saw-mill, where he remained until his death, Oct. i, 1875- 
While at Wilmot he was a selectman in 1S60-62, and a repre- 
sentative from the same town in 1S65 and 1866. After his re- 
turn, he was a selectman in 1S73 and 1874. He had a taste for 
the military, in which he was a colonel. Pie was frank and 
outspoken, and given to generous hospitality. M.,July, 1850, 
Ellen C, dau. of Jonathan M. Wilmarth. 

Lucy E., b. May 27, 1851; a leading alto singer. 

Fred H.^ b. Feb. 12, 1861 ; a graduate of the Newport high school in 

Daniel Nettleton, s. of Jeremiah ; settled on the C. Chase 
farm, but afterwards removed to Delaware county, Ohio ; m. 
Esther Peck ; m., 2d, Rhoda Ryant. 

Esther /*., m. David S. Hoadly, of Cheshire, Ohio. 

Daniel, m. Sarah E. Thompson; r. at Cheshire, Ohio. 

Orsilla R., m. Jesse Fry; r. in Ohio. 

Rhoda, m. Shadrach Rundell. 

Deborah 6"., b. April 17, 1820; r. in Cheshire, Ohio. 




The Newells came from Croydon, and were sons of Jere- 
miah, an enterprising farmer, and one of the early settlers at 
Ryder Corner. 

David S. Newell, s. of Jeremiah Newell, of Croydon ; b. 
Jan. 2, 1801 ; d.Jan. 12, 1848; was a farmer; lived on the H. 
E. Hanson place, in the north part of the town; m., Jan. 12, 
1825, Paulina Hurd, dau. of Sainiiel Ilurd, Jr. 

Thankful Af., b. Oct. 3. 1827 ; m., Sept. 29, 1859, Shepherd L. Bow- 
ers ; d., April 28, 1861 ; had one child. 

Samtiel H., b. Oct. 8, 1829; d. Sept. 23, 1843. 

David B., b. Aug. 5, 1831; was killed at the Norwalk (Conn.) railroad 
disaster, May 6, 1853, on his return from the South. 

A. Elbra, b. Aug. 13, 1833; d. March 24, i860. 

Marion, b. Aug. 16, 1841 ; a musician; d. Oct. 13, 1868. 

Jeremiah Newell, s. of Jeremiah ; a sheriff; built the resi- 
dence now occupied by Matthew Harvey; m. Sarah, dau. of 
Andrew Aiken, who d. Aug. 15, 1842, aged 39 years. He d. 
Feb. 15, 1838, aged 35 years. 

Martha A., b. Apr. 14, 1833; d. y. Sarah, b. Apr. 12, 1835. 
Josephine, b. Apr. 4, 1838; m. Levi Walbridge, a merchant in Boston. 

Parker N. Newell, s. of Jeremiah ; b. Jan. 29, 1816 ; was 
a merchant and town-clerk; m., Jan. 20, 1842, Caroline L. 
Forsaith, a niece of Josiah Forsaith ; went to Princeton, 111., 
where he is now engaged in trade. 

Elizabeth G. Newell, dau. of Jeremiah ; m., Dec. 11, 
1 83 1, Adams Dickey. 


Christopher Newton, b. at Groton, Conn,, Feb. 26, 173S ; 
d. Feb. 19, 1834; came to this town about 1779, and settled on 
the farm on the Unity road, afterwards the homestead of Eras- 
tus Newton, where he died ; was a moderator some nine years, 
and a selectman twice. M., Feb. 26, 1766, Mary Giles, of 
Groton, b. Nov. 12, 1745, d. May 14, 1821, dau. of Hon. Benj. 



Martha, b. April 9. 1768; m. Aaron Mack. 
Mary^ b. Nov. 29, 1770; m. Lemuel Church, a tailor. 
Margery, b. Nov. 2, 1772; m. Dea. Jesse Fay, of Alstead. 
Abigail, b. March 13, 1775; m. Rev. Orlando Bliss. 
^Erasius, b. April 4, 1777. ^Hubbard, b. Jan. i, 1780. 

Erastus Newton, s. of Christopher; b. April 4, 1777; d. 
Jan. 4, 1852 ; remained on the old homestead. He was a ma- 
jor in the militia. M., Nov. 22, 1801, Betsey Beckwith. 

Christopher G., b. Jan. 15, 1803; graduated at Middlebury college; 
studied law at Newport and at Washington, and, after practising a 
while at Washington, moved to Lawrence, Mass., where he died in 
1871 ; m., June 9, 1835, Harriet Hubbard, of Washington. Ch., 
George A., Erastus N., Ellen L. 

Harry H.,h. Oct. 19, 1804; m. Angeline Beckwith. Ch., Erastus, 

Elizabeth, b. 1806; m. Milton Wyman, of Cornish. Ch., Arthur, 
George, Newton, Frances, Anna. 

\Erasttis, b. Sept. 10, 18 10. 

Louisa, b. Feb. 7, 1812; m., Feb. 10, 1840, Joseph Barrett. 

^Austin, h. Aug. 23, 18 14. 

Erastus Newton, s. of Erastus; b. Sept. 10, 1810; spent 
most of his minority in this town at farming ; was graduated at 
Schenectady, N. Y. ; studied law in the office of Judge Gard- 
ner, of Geneva, N. Y. ; after being admitted to the bar, spent 
two years at Burlington, when he removed to Lockport, N. Y., 
where he had a wide practice, and became prominent in his 
profession, and where he died. Married Caroline Zeley. 

Erastus, graduated at Yale college in 1874. 

Austin Newton, s. of Erastus; b. Aug. 23, 1814; turned 
his attention to medicine, and studied his profession with Dr. 
David McQuestion, at Washington, and with Prof. Dixi Cros- 
by, at Hanover; graduated at the Dart. Med. Coll. in 1840, 
and commenced practice at Washington, where he remained 
until his death. M., Dec, 1844, Julia, dau. of David McQiies- 
tion, M. D., of Washington, b. April 22, 1825. 

^ David A., b. Aug. 3, 1845. 

Dixi Crosby, b. Oct. 3, 1848; d. April 13, 1866; a merchant in New 

David A. Newton, s. of Austin ; b. Aug. 3, 1845, at Wash- 
ington ; is an active farmer, and occupies the Frederick Chapin 


farm, in the west part of the town. Married Marion L., dau. of 
T. StiUman Fletcher.